I recently gave a novel I have been working on for almost four years to some beta-readers. I knew it had problems, some which it has had since day one, and that was why I wanted an outside perspective. My readers did their work well and gave me lots of feedback. In many cases I can see what they are talking about and, often, agree with their numerous ideas of how to fix the problems. But there is one which has been bugging me and that is the inclusion of a female POV character who does not have a strong personality. The character in question is introduced as a quiet, humble, very much introverted girl of 16. At this point she is seen to have a rather frail and reserved nature. The plan is for her to progress through the end of the second book, when she will be 26, to the point where, while still naturally quiet and introverted, she is fairly comfortable talking with groups of people, sharing her opinions and knowledge of this or that. She is not a push-over at any point and, even in the beginning, she will stand up for herself if she has to. In her head she berates herself for being too shy though, outwardly, she is not able to bring herself to be more outgoing. However, it seems my readers have all taken exception to her. What are others thoughts on the inclusion of characters like this? Does every character need to be a strong, outgoing, I-know-what-I-want-and-you-better-get-it personality? Somehow I think books filled with those characters just wouldn't be all that good because they wouldn't have the range of personalities amongst their characters as those that exist in the real world.