I didn't see a thread present for this subject, and it is a pressing matter in my current project... So, how do you make your audience sympathetic to your characters?
I'm not going to bring up my character's specific example- not just because I'm very, VERY prone to embarrassing myself before anybody even replies, but also because I don't think it would help too much, seeing the variables I would have to reveal for y'all to properly monitor the doohicky.
So, how might you do it? Examples are great, discussions are great- just lookin' for help and stuff. Obviously there's no one scenario that's optimal, so hopefully throwing a lot of them over and over into the air will extradite the problem. Even if that's not the proper use of extradite, but still!