This is for GBE2 Prompt 52 "Guilty Pleasure"
The character is being used to work out writer’s issues. (This can be very subjective, but if similar themes keep cropping up then yes, there’s a good chance that the writer may have issues.)
The character is the writer’s pet and can do no wrong. (This problem can also be subjective! Anita Blake and Honor Harrington are both examples of being a writer’s pet. Someone else may disagree!)
The character is “floppy” and is dragged from situation to situation. (By floppy, I mean that the character is passive and reacts instead of acts. By personal preference, I do not like passive characters. Especially when the writer is trying to set up situations that will make me like them.)
This can be somewhat subjective. I have a low tolerance for excessive drama. Other people seem to wallow in it. Excessive drama drags the story along, usually in a negative direction as Terrible Things happen to the characters. An while Terrible Things can be somewhat entertaining, it quickly becomes boring when the Terrible Things keep happening and nothing gets resolved because everyone in the story is too busy being filled with Nameless Despair and Loathing for their Existence. (I am emphasizing my exasperation for excessive drama by adding in Random Capital Letters.) Emotion porn should be avoided, particularly when combined with Purple Prose.
So, these are the areas I generally critique or mock in.