Should your main character be reliable and likeable?

It’s often thought that it is important to have main characters, especially protagonists and narrators, to be both reliable and likeable. What do you think?

I was asked this question in a creative writing class a while ago, and it helped me to clarify why I believe a protagonist or narrator has to be reliable, even if it is reliable unpredictability.

When you craft the world of make-believe that is any story, you are asking the reader to trust you, to step inside the world and spend time with your characters and their story. When the reader takes… Continue reading