Hi there. This is my first thread as I'm new to the site Sorry if this is in the wrong place! I'm just looking for a bit of advice. I was planning on posting a more detailed thread about a book I have been wanting to write for quite some time, but I thought I'd post a more generic one first to get some general reactions. I was wondering how people feel about "whiny" characters, normally from novels written in a first person narrative, detailing events of their life that have been largely unfortunate, although not always what some would deem devastating, soul-destroying, etc. Obviously people have different ideas about what is "reasonable" to lament, and I know people can find some characters difficult to sympathise with. Take the example of Bella Swan in Twilight. I quite liked the emotional depth of the Twilight Saga when I read it years ago (kinda moved past it a bit now, but still) and I felt really immersed in Bella's heartbreak when Edward left her in New Moon, and I felt her anguish when trying to choose between him and Jacob in Eclipse, but all I ever heard my peers rant on about was how whiny she was, and couldn't she just shut up and get over Edward because Jacob was by far fitter and she was more than lucky to have him after her so she should stop talking about her feelings and get on with it. I understand these people may only have been reading the series for the supernatural/romantic elements and weren't all that concerned about Bella's psychological anguish and reflection, etcetera, but I still just couldn't help thinking if it's only me that likes reading emotionally deep stories where I can really immerse myself in someone else's pain, so long as its intricately detailed and compelling...I don't know if this is weird and masochistic, or if others like to read similar works. Basically my question is, do you like to read similar works, or find them too whingey and egotistical? More importantly, if there is a distinction between self-absorbed whining and compelling psychological phenomena, what marks this distinction? Which characters' innermost anguish have you enjoyed reading about, and why? Any comments on the topic would be very useful to me, as I would really love to write about something similarly deep and personal but am just not sure if others would be interested. I need to know how I should attempt to approach this. Thanks.