I'm opening up an open topic on something I been thinking about a few week. I'm not looking for an answer, but for a discussion on how disliking you characters can make you more invested in them. When I write characters I found that I get more invested into the character concept if there is some aspect I really hate and don't respect about the character. No. I don't mean if the character has a flaw. No, I dont mean that characters of couse shouldn't be perfect. No, I don't either say that you shouldn't love your characters. I'm saying that I get a broader emotional investment into my character if something about them really gets on my nerves. The same way you get a more emotional stormy and intense relationship with the lovers that you also hate at times. I would prefer peaceful relationships, but in my writing I found that love/hate relationships between me and my characters wields a better result creativly. Things I done so far as an example to archive this is to have a character with worldviews I couldn't respect, character handling emotional issues in ways I found annoying or despicable, and have characters in sub-cultures I don't like. Character with loads of other good sides and weaknesses that I could love, but a few things about them I actively disliked as a person. Of course all sides, no matter if I liked them or not were put into good use in the stories. And of course, I tried to keep what I personally didn't like about the character invisible to the reader so they could dislike the characters for their own reasons if they felt like it. For me, having a love-hate relationship to them takes my writing to an extra level, and adds a lovely extra creative cruelty in the way I handle the character. Have anyone else had this experience?