Quote Originally Posted by Lady Ice View Post
Goodness in the sense of naivety can indeed be a flaw. Jane is flawed but a 'good person'- in a way, it's a bit of an odd term because we don't go around thinking that a certain person is morally good. Some people might be particularly kind, helpful, loyal, whatever, but in most cases you respect them for their individual traits rather than them being morally exemplary.

I think that dark characters are appealing because they rebel and do the things we would never do. It's the novel as a sort of safe space. However this type of character is so frequent now that people start to get sick of it.
Let's look at another "Jane," in Pride and Prejudice. She's presented by the author as entirely admirable - EXCEPT that she's so naÔve she can be fooled, and nearly loses her soulmate because she's not even aware how she'd being manipulated. Even when she learns how she was, she won't stand up for herself. On the other hand, her innate faith in the goodness of human nature also lets her see D'Arcy more clearly than Lizzie does at first.

She's perhaps not at interesting as Lizzie, but she makes an excellent foil for her.