I have a friend who works part-time as a florist except for the first couple weeks in February. During that time she's full-time or over-time.
When I asked her what she thought boys should buy their sweethearts on Valentine's Day, her response was, "Absolutely nothing."
Her reasoning being that everything is too over-priced. If someone knows you love them, then they'll know you love them the next day when you buy the same bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates for half price.
And if you're asking me, I would want the boy who went with the latter. It shows he's smart, frugal, and still cares.
Do you agree?
If you don't, that's cool (...or not...whatever, I'm not judging). But I think we can take something more from this. If you disagree with me, than it's safe to say that what some people see as cheap or uncaring, others see as smart, well-planned and reasonable.
I recently read a novel where the main male character did not hold my interest. I thought he was boring, action-less, and a little too flowery. My friend, however, loved the main character.
When I first started writing I was too concerned at making my character likable by all readers. But what I've found is that's impossible. If we want to create characters as real as our own friends, than it's safe to assume there are going to be personality conflicts with some readers. Hopefully not all (wink).
What characteristics do you like to see in a main character?