I read a book not too long ago where the main character were really unsympathetic, I couldn't find even one likeable trait in that person (and she also came off as quite unrealistic to me) and even the author said somewhere (perhaps on her blog discussing that book) that her character was not very easy to like and I wonder - Is that very clever? Doesn't the mc have to have something - at least some trait we can sympathize with, in order for us not to feel disappointed with the book afterwards? Is this commonly used? Because I have never read a book where I felt such antipathy towards that mc as in this one. I mean, it was not the fact that she was like a blank canvas, that you could apply whatever characteristic you wanted her to possess, no she was downright unlikeable. Do the mc's have to have traits that make us sympathize with them or can they be unlikeable like that? Another thing that annoyed me was that the author let the other characters in the book like her despite that and it was almost as if she was trying to make her come out as perfectly normal and even trying to make us look up to her... and that she found out only after the book was published that people didn't like her character. I don't know what to think after having read that, that goes against everything I thought I knew. I mean, what is the purpose of writing a book about someone like that? then why would I care what happens to her? And even that happy ending felt a little undeserved if you ask me.