So I'm having a mini-survey this week on this. I hope some people care to comment.
Basically the question is, do you want your characters as readers to be flawed? Do you mind if they sometimes are weak or indecisive? Do you like it when sometimes they make mistakes? Or don't always stand up for what they want? Or would you rather most of your characters were strong, take-charge individuals (not necessarily perfect), but always taking the high road and usually making the right decisions? Can you respect a character who sometimes takes the coward's way out?
What prompts this? Just wondered because sometimes I write pretty screwed up characters myself and on occasion I get comments or reviews about one of the main characters in my stories not always being likable, so I wondered if readers prefer less flawed characters.
ETA: Authors and Readers are welcome to post their thoughts in the comments section. Feel free to use your own characters or your favorite characters or whatever as examples too.