I don't know if this is the right place to post this topic. I'm posting it here because it involves discussion about a published series, but if the mods feel it's better to move the topic to "Character Development", I'll understand. I've read a few posts here about how Bella is a really poor character, the antithesis of a strong woman, etc., etc., and I'd really appreciate it if people told me why they feel this way. I haven't read the books (I only watched the first 3 movies), so I can't really judge by myself without having more experienced people tell me her flaws. The reason I ask is because I have a female protagonist in my story, one that's endured many hardships as a kid and becomes a shy and sort of nihilist teenager, because she rejects her powers, although she can't stop manifesting them. She falls in love with the hero, who is the person who will help her learn to use her powers and will boost her confidence, to the point where she gradually takes place as the main good-doer in the story. However, one of the strongest motivations for her actions is also her love for the hero, who happens to be a cursed being (NOT a vampire!) who wants to "cure" himself of his evil. So! I'm really afraid that, by making her be motivated by love, I end up writing a new Bella and therefore a boring protagonist. What are the reasons Bella is such a bad protagonist?