Dealing with Audience's expectations
Over the years I gained small audience and I love them. My last work quite disappoint them in regard of one character and I feel bad about it. I felt like character's struggle she went through would drastically change her. It was likable character with portion of naivety and big heart. Problem is, she is not like that anymore. Because of traumatic experience in climax she is a mentally unstable self-destructive woman with severe entitlement issues, because her great sacrifice was for nothing, she lost all and it broke her (She perceive her change as she was blind, but her eyes are open now).She is soon to be villain in story - it was foreshadowed.
To be honest, I love her arc despite audience hating the development, it is my beloved (and one of the best I made) character and I have big plans with her new grey-morality vigilante revenge attitude. But I am torn by opinion of my audience who really expressed themselves like "Why did you do that! We want her back! She had such amazing relationship with Hero. Redemption arc ASAP!". Yet, this was exactly my goal - I wanted to break her and create villain which you can feel with and understand her new goals. Instead, the result was disappointment about taking away beloved side-kick.
How do I deal with it? I am simply torn between what I want and what my audience want. I feel responsible for their satisfaction, but staying true to my writing is what makes my writing mine.
If it is too opinion based, just lock it - I will delete it