When they are toddlers, we call them "fussy". Disgruntled teens are infamous. And adulthood brings it's own traumas. Finally, we have the lovable curmudgeons - still fussy, still disgruntled, with a quite intractable attitude that is deemed antisocial. As I've learned, there is a special day to celebrate those unique, cranky individuals and that day is today! Authors seem to love to create characters that snipe at one another, wreak havoc, and then, miraculously transform into loving, understanding people. Sometimes that happens in real life, but more often their curmudgeonly ways are set in stone! However, when reading fiction, readers love a transformation.