I was over a quarter of the way through the book I'm reading (Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman) when my wife asked me for my early impressions of the novel. I told her that its setting was interesting enough, that its two villains were the most compelling characters, but that its main character was underwhelming. In fact, I jokingly said: As of now, I'm rooting for the bad guys. For those unfamiliar with book, Neverwhere could be described as a darker and more dangerous version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Similar to Lewis Carol's story, Neverwhere's main character is an ordinary person who ends up in a fantastical world of mayhem and mystery. And like Alice, this book's main character has a personality that gets upstaged by nearly every fantastical character. I understand this was by design. But as a result, I'm more or less indifferent towards the main character, which keeps me from truly falling in love with the story. As I'm reading the scenes he's in (the MC is male) I'm interested in seeing what the strange characters do and say that he comes in contact with, but I don't actually care what happens to him. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? Or has anyone written or read a story where the main character was purposefully overshadowed, and if so, how did you feel about it?