|Cover of She's Come Undone - 1993 publication|
She is delusional, obsessive, surly and sometimes alarming but also self-deprecating, funny, endearing and really easy to relate to. As I've been learning to write fiction over the last few years one of the things that comes up time and time again in the different classes that I do is that if you create a compelling voice for your character that reels people in, no matter what happens in the story, or what those characters might do, people will care.
I think Dolores is a fine example of this in action. She has a horrendous time and behaves in ways that are very scary and really not right, but it doesn't matter. I liked her, I cared about what happened to her and the fact that the book didn't have the fairytale happy ending that she was looking for made her character, and the novel, all the more stronger. Dolores made me laugh, she made my skin crawl and she made me cry - not once did she ever bore me.