In the last month I encountered some books that didn't work for me. They were not badly written and the plots were good, but one thing made it impossible for me to really enjoy the books. I didn't care about the main characters. I didn't feel their pain, joy, frustration or anything. When they went through tough times I was bored and wondered why I should care about what happened to them.
It's important for me to feel a certain connection to a character. I want to be able to empathise with a character. If this doesn't happen then it's no fun to read about them and more often than not I dislike the book in the end. I like all kinds of different characters so it's hard to say what bothered me about the characters in the books that didn't work for me.
I not only want to feel a certain connection to the characters I read about, I also want to like them. Reading about characters that are likeable (even a bit is often enough) is something I enjoy and I often struggle with books when I dislike their main characters.
What do you think? How important is it for you to feel a certain connection to a character or even like him/her?