Frantic Puppy Protagonists
They’re adorable and you love them, but do they ever do anything useful?
In the summer of 2021, I read a very popular YA fantasy. Very popular — more than 750,000 ratings on Goodreads and more than 12,000 Amazon reviews. It enjoys a 4+ star rating on both sites. It was a few years old, but it was one of those I kept meaning to pick up, so when I finally got around to it, I was pretty excited to read it.
About halfway through, though, I realized the protagonist hadn’t … done anything. She had been kidnapped…