I personally try to remember my background in literature to comfort myself. Here is part of my English teacher coming out: protagonists are not always the "hero" of the story. Antagonists are not always "the bad guy" of the story. Many times our friends or loved ones antagonize us the most, while someone who hates us and is maneuvering in the background may be as sweet as honey to our face. I have been in positions in real life where people I trusted were really after my job and telling the boss lies about me. How many people have overbearing mothers? She antagonizes you because she loves you so much. She isn't the "bad guy" in your life story though, is she? Too much praise is just as hurtful as too much criticism because it promotes a type of false confidence.
I embrace the bad reviews because they will make me try harder. All good reviews can make you complacent.
For those who read my blog I am going to give you a morsel of things to come in my series. Not a spoiler, but a hint as to where I am going:
Some people you think are antagonists from reading Defenders are really good guys and heros. Some protagonists you see as heroes aren't and some protagonists currently are really bad guys. There is no black and white in my world. I want to keep my readers guessing and predicting. I want to challenge you.
So, in summary, I have always known I would get some bad reviews as you cannot please everyone. I will continue to write and move forward regardless!