Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
I dunno -- I'm about 50% of the way through the book, and I think the only two characters that I can actually say that I "like" are Eddard Stark and Jon Snow.
It generally seems like every character that gets introduced is miserable. The King hates being King. Ned hates being forced into politics for the King. Catelyn has the whole Bran thing going on and her deal with the Dwarf as a result. Ned's two daughters both have problems. And that Dany girl is just a total mess -- with an insane older brother and a totally effed up situation with her being married off to some savage.
It's an interesting book, and I really like the attention to detail as far as settings and political manuvering goes -- but I can't figure out really who I'm supposed to be rooting for at this point.
Oh, I didn't realize you were only 50% of the way thru. Different strokes for different folks for sure, so you may feel the same way 300 more pages in, but I feel where your coming from now. When I was 50% of the way thru, I thought much of the same thing, but by the time the book was reaching the end, I liked most of the characters. Aside from Jon Snow, The dwarf (Tywian? can't remember his name exactly) became one of my favorites, and I still didn't know by the end of the book if I should like him or not. I'd be interested to hear your take as you approach the end. I assume he's attempting to setup flaws in each character, as he progresses them along the book.