Personally I LOVE being able to name my MC because I can enter my name and it feels like i’m actually in the story! Samething applies to fully customizing my MC to look like me
Now just because I can’t name the MC doesn’t automatically mean I won’t read the story but 99.9% of the stories i’ve read that don’t allow you to enter a name for the MC i’ve HATED the name the author picked- it’ll either be overused to h*ll n back, ugly, basic/common, required ZERO imagination to come up with or won’t match the MC/the story (example: I read a story not too long ago where the MC was a goddess and the most powerful being in the world yet the author named her Sara Now there’s nothing wrong with that name but for ffs this is a fictional story you can name the MC anything you want the possibilities are literally endless but you choose to name MC something boring. And sadly like I said before that applies to 99.9% of the stories where you can’t name the MC i’ve come across). Authors have the right to do whatever they want it’s just hard for me to get into a story when I don’t like the name that the author picked and it’s hard to avoid it because the MC is the main character and we see them the entire story so can’t exactly sweep it under the rug. But to be honest even on the rare chance that I do like the name that the author picked it’s still hard for me to get all the way into a story. Since Episode is a visual novel whenever I read it feels like i’m actually in the story so it throws me off when i’m feeling that way but the MC doesn’t have my name.
Now when it comes to customizing the MC if I can’t fully customize the MC I won’t read the story. The reason is similar to the premade MC names but only difference is that I NEVER like how the premade MCs look. They’re either ugly, basic looking or don’t match up to the story. Now I know some authors give readers limited customization but even then they never give enough options to make the MC even remotely decent looking. And once again just like with the names since it’s the MC and since we see them the entire story I can’t exactly ignore it.
Don’t get me wrong i’m not bashing anyone who thinks differently then me infact i’m happy for them because the option of naming your MC and fully customizing them being in the same story is rare usually you only get one or the other or don’t get either. so the people who don’t like those things and/or don’t care have a lot more options then readers like me have… sadly. And i’m also not bashing authors who don’t let readers pick the MC’s name and don’t let readers fully customize the MC- if you wanna have a premade name and a premade look more power to you it’s your story so do whatever makes you happy all I ask is that you let readers know beforehand so that they don’t waste their tickets- maybe put it in your story summary that your story has no customization and that readers can’t enter a name. I’ve wasted so many tickets on stories just to find out that I can’t do either of those things ):