Too often, we dislike female characters - not least because their authors and/or creators make them unlikable.
Not only do they make them unlikable, they don't give a REASON for them to be unlikable.
I think - and this is just my personal opinion! - that we'd be more able to forgive female characters their unlikable-ness if these same characters had more than 2 dimensions.
If you're gonna make a b**ch, you gotta give me some reason as to WHY she's a b**ch, y'know?
Especially if she's a recurring character.
So, with that in mind, I love it when a fic author takes a disliked - or even hated - character and gives them depth, makes them more than just a pantomime or fairy-tale villain.
The witch shouldn't just be wicked because she's wicked. If she's an old woman who lures kids into her gingerbread house, then what was she doing for the decades that came before?
That's not me criticising fairy-tales, the reason they work is their simplicity and the ability to remember them and pass them on. But modern books etc? Even fairy-tale retellings?
Dudes, we need to know more.
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Which brings us to Pansy Parkinson.
Unfortunately, Ms Parkinson is one of the most poorly-written characters in the Harry Potter universe. And she's also disliked to the point of hatred.
But this fic author lets Pansy up her game.