We all know the main characters/main protagonists, whatever you wanna call them. They are the heroes, the nice ones, the smart ones, and the ones who win in the end. The whole story is centered around them.
So why is the protagonist almost always our least favorite character? Let's look at iCarly: The main character is Carly. She fits the Google definition:
Main Character: A protagonist (from the Greek πρωταγωνιστής protagonistes, "one who plays the first part, chief actor") is the main character (the central or primary personal figure) of a literary, theatrical, cinematic, video game, or musical narrative, around whom the events of the narrative's plot revolve
Okay, that's all good. But why do we dislike these characters so much? I think I know why.
Some people claim it to be because the creator (author, director, etc.) revolve the story around them so much, that it gets boring after a while. But I don't think that would be true. If iCarly was surrounded around Sam, would it be boring? No. Which leads me to my next point.
I think the reason we hate the main character so much is the creator's fault. The main protagonist always has basically the same personality. Maybe a couple differences here and there, but it's all the same. Kind, sweet, smart, funny, you name it. It gets so boring after a while that we start to recognize the minor/supporting characters and like them more.
Why am I saying this? It's pretty much a way for me to vent. XD I'm really upset that Dan (or anyone) has such talented actors/actresses who could play such amazing roles, then gives them a character that the majority of fans aren't gonna like. If you want a interesting main character, you've gotta give them interesting roles! Create a character who is out of the ordinary, doesn't always win, and has their own quirks. I think people are making this kind of problem a lot nowadays.
Another thing is that they focus the story around only one person. While that should be true (like iCarly is named iCarly for a reason), maybe you shouldn't have a main character. You could have a whole, big cast of people who all get the same amount of spotlight and time. It makes for a more interested audience and lots of more fun creating it.
So why don't people do this? While main characters are a good way to organize a show, why does the show have to be organized? Why not something bigger, better, and more exciting? Why don't people take their whole cast and combine a whole, better show with everyone getting the spotlight and everyone being their own, unique selves? Is it the companies? Is it the way to make money these days? I don't know, but to me main characters just ruin the whole story.
Leave me a comment, and tell me what you think. XD