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Since up to that point I really liked her, a dilemma presented itself. Could I be charitable enough to forgive her shortcomings? If I didn't, wouldn't I be following her bad example?
When I thought about it, I realized real people aren't perfect, so why should I expect a book or movie person to be ideal? If a fictional person is too perfect, that can be just as irritating as one who slips up.
Still, there's only so much I'll forgive about a book or movie protagonist. Once that line is crossed, I'm very disappointed.
I can't tell you exactly when or how that will happen, because I never know. If an author or script writer is adept at presenting motives or excuses for behavior, or even presents erratic behavior in a fascinating way, I'll go along for the ride.
All I can advise is, when creating a protagonist, consider the pros and cons of that character's behavior. Make sure to take into account your prospective audience. Then, decide how real you want that person to be. Going into deep point of view is one way to achieve that end. For more about deep point of view, see this post by Heidi M. Thomas.
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