Well I'm struggling here and could use a dose of simple advice. I'm branching out from my normal fluffy, simple, women's magazine type short fiction to begin my 'serious' work; a short novella-type peice on the flaws of vanity and the pitfalls of genius. Now my narrator, though not the most important player in my story needs to go through a transformation in the course of the story, realising that she isn't going to be a famous dancer but can still give people joy through what she does. The problem is that when I showed a partially completed draft to some impartial friends they said they really didn't like her, and even though she had redeemed herself through the course of the story and it was believable they still weren't convinced by her. I was just wondering if anyone else had stumbled on this problem whilst writing a 'hateable' character and how we can cause the reader to believe in them again. Thanks very much, and hello!