Do characters need to be “likable”? I was told in writing a good antagonist that even he must have some likable trait or something with which others can empathize. Even Hannibal Lector has oddly redeeming qualities. Is this important in a good book character or can someone just be truly and simply evil with nothing likable about them at all to work in a work of fiction?

Reference: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/books/review/are-we-too-concerned-that-characters-be-likable.html

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