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Rooting for Unlikable Women

Rooting for Unlikable Women

In Ron Rash’s 2008 novel Serena, he creates a female character who is so ambitious and ruthless that she seems devoid of moral considerations. It is a stunning accomplishment in an era when readers clamor for likability. Frankly, I think likability is overrated in fiction. I believe the likability complaint is mostly used as a way to dismiss strong female characters. Really, no one cares all that much if male characters are likable. As an example, this weekend I watched a portion of…

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