Monday, August 17, 2015

Discussion Question Monday: Arrogant Main Characters

Hello! Welcome to Discussion Question Monday! Today's question is: Should authors create arrogant main characters?

So I'm sure you've probably read a book with an arrogant main character, they're not exactly common, but there are defiantly quite a few of them. The example that first comes to mind is Celaena from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.... Because YEAH.

To a certain extent, arrogant people are pretty annoying. Characters, most likely, are going to be the same way. And sometimes, when characters are just REALLY getting on your nerves, you end up quitting a series, and that's obviously not great for authors. So should authors refrain from creating very arrogant characters to avoid this?

Of course, there are times when arrogant characters AREN'T all that annoying. For example, Celaena's arrogance is actually quite justified, and therefore, I find it more entertaining than annoying. I mean, she's obviously very vain and arrogant, but it comes off more as confidence. She's good enough at what she does that she deserves to be proud. Not to mention it is HIGHLY entertaining.

But I feel like there is a thin line between good arrogance and bad arrogance. It can either make or break a series. It all just depends on the author.

In my opinion, if an author is good enough, arrogant characters can be played off and really make a series great. But if they fail (and if they do, it will be badly), they probably just lost tons of readers solely because they can't stand the main character.

What do you think? Should authors stay away from writing from an arrogant character's POV? Have you read a book with an arrogant main character? Did the author do it well? Would you quite a series because the main character was just that annoying?

Thanks for reading!

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