Does whether or not you like the characters in a book affect your overall enjoyment of the book?
I really think it is! If I don’t care about the protagonist at all, I just don’t care about what happens to him/her and so the plot of the book is no longer interesting to me. I really do need to connect with the people the book is about, otherwise, what is the point, right? Now i don’t have to like each and every character, if it is a book about many characters at once. I might hate a few and love a few and that is OK. But I do have to make some sort of connection.
For the most part I think it is absolutely imperative that a reader like the characters in the book he/she is reading. If I do not like the main character in the book, am I going to bother to finish the book? (Well, in my case, yes, I probably still would but that is only because I have his strange obsessive compulsive thing with finishing books I started. If I do not finish reading the book, it is like the book won or something, and honestly, who wants to get beaten by a bad book. No thanks!) Now, is it important to like ALL of the characters? No. It is not. I think so long as you like the main character, you are good. And if its a romance, you gotta like the love interest of course! However, I know a lot of people who do not care for all of the characters in George r.r. Martin’s Game of Thrones, but they still read the book. I do find it a little daunting to read a chapter titled after the name of a character that I do not really care to hear about. I think if an author is going to write from several characters POVs than that author has a responsibility to make each and everyone of those characters very very interesting. So what about everyone else? Ever read a book in which you hated the characters? Did you still like the book or did you DNF?