When reading a book that’s written in the first-person narrative, the narrator—for me, at least—can really make or break the book. If the book doesn’t switch perspectives and you have a narrator you don’t like, it might make you want to stop reading the book.
Narrators are the most important characters in a book because they’re telling the story. Not liking the lead sucks, and the character might drive you crazy at times. It really sucks if you’re reading a series, and you start off liking the lead, but in the second book something happens—for example, the narrator makes a decision you don’t think is something they would do. If you have a series and you read the first book, you might really feel you know the narrator—you’d know their beliefs and whatnot—what they’d do in a bad situation, and then a bad surprise comes up.
I tend to not like boy narrator, in general, and—even though this is stereotypical—most girls I know prefer girl narrators, and vise versa.
Sometimes, there’ll be a book where I like the storyline and the plot but where I don’t like the narrator. The biggest example that comes to mind is Twilight. I didn’t like Bella but since I liked the storyline, I like the books. I’ve yet to discover a book where I like the narrator but not the plot.
I’ll be posting again on the twenty-first.