David R. George III wrote:
You have very little faith in the line, it seems. Kira's placement was not "a place to dump the character."
Prior to your post, I actually edited my original point because I thought the phrase might be read as having an unnecessarily negative connotation.
Indignation noted, however
Whatever your intention, it strikes me as a fairly neutral choice, which is the opinion I was expressing above. I don't have an especially strong reaction to it one way or another. I will add that there are a wide range of responses that one might have to a fictional work other than liking or not liking, though I understand why you, as an author, would be most comfortable with those two responses.
Generally speaking, though, a substantive criticism is one that is not predicated on merely liking or not liking. A substantive criticism of the Destiny
novels, for an example, is the relative lack of impact that many of the central characters have on the outcome. This is a weakness of the narrative that David Mack himself recognized in one of the review threads. That doesn't mean that the novels are not overall quite spectacular works (I think they absolutely are), but anyway the point has a substance to it that is not limited to liking or not liking.
Now, perhaps the criticisms of the Sisko story raised in this thread are totally lacking in any substance. That is of course possible. I don't think so, but it is possible.