Per my usual inclination, I will ask as simple question in the thread title and then ruin the simplicity with a drawn-out, garrulous OP.
Last night was movie night. The wife and I were planning to go out, but she wasn’t feeling well so we opted to watch a BluRay instead: specifically the last Superman movie, which she adores and I was disappointed in. And that’s not because I dislike fantasy or superheroes; I love both, especially stories about Mrs. Kent’s little boy. But this movie, despite its gorgeous photography and Kevin Spacey’s excellent performance as the villain, bugs me from the moment the protagonist shows up on screen, because the movie’s Superman is a selfish, childish asshole. I won’t bore y’all my reasons, beyond linking to this post of mine which explains them.
My complains about sympathetic protagonists extends also to the Star Trek
reboot, which I ranted about in my usual insane fashion here. I’m sure I have similarly ranted about Hannibal, but I’m too lazy to look it up.
In all three cases, my enjoyment of a franchise of which I am a fan was derailed by the presentation of the protagonists. If I can’t in some way sympathize with the protagonist/viewpoint character, the story’s ruined for me. (See also: Family Guy.)
Am I alone in this?