SE Podcast #10: Writing Flawed Protagonists without Turning Off Readers

June 1, 2019

Today Josiah DeGraaf, Rolena Hatfield, and Daeus Lamb give tips on how to create flawed protagonists that readers still want to root for. They also share examples of where they’ve seen this done effectively. Listen to their discussion below!



What is your favorite example of a flawed protagonist who doesn’t turn you off as a reader? Let us know in the comments!


  1. Elizabeth

    My favorite flawed protagonist is definitely Levana from The Lunar Chronicles. Marissa Meyer did a spectacular job creating her flaws, weakness, strengths, and quirks. ^.^

    • Grace Livingston

      That’s great!! I haven’t had a chance to get to it yet but The Lunar Chronicles are on my TBR list. 😀 Thanks for commenting, Elizabeth!

  2. Jessi Rae

    The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite books–I LOVE the complexity of the vengeance plot, how everyone is connected somehow, and how the Count uses the bad guys’ weaknesses against them (the poetic justice is so satisfying).

    Also, it is interesting how giving a character a flaw similar to one of your own makes you feel for them so much more, because you understand exactly how they feel.

    • Grace Livingston

      Thanks for listening, Jessi! YES. Poetic justice is satisfying indeed. 😛

      And that’s a great point. I find that to be very true in my writing as well. 🙂

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