It just seems to me that the Joey detractors are often much more vocal than her supporters.....
Maybe it's just that there aren't many of us
It could be attitude as much as numbers. For example, if the set of people who enjoy EBD's Joey includes a larger proportion of readers who go to the CS as a respite from the sniping of real life, it may also include a larger proportion of people who avoid discussions in which sniping at characters seems de rigueur
and positive comments are rapidly squashed. Whether or not those under attack are fictitious, the negative atmosphere is just what those readers are trying to avoid. On the other hand, readers who heartily enjoy literary criticism, and find poking holes in characters much the best way to enjoy them, may be more likely to post and revel in the ensuing arguments.
I'm sure the bashers don't really mean to poison fans' joy in the series, though. To some extent, it may just be the old Anna Karenina problem. ('Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way' etc.) Everyone here is presumably a fan of Chalet School, but there are more ways to nitpick than to compliment. Especially in a culture that seems to consider niceness boring. Even in School at
, we find Jo explaining that authors of school stories have to put in some dishonourable characters to make a story.
When I included Jo in ND someone told me I'd made her too kind and thoughtful - so I now keep her out much as I can, even though Jack is often in. Same with ML. I'd probably be slated for using her, as well, if I used her as I see her.
But I would agree that adult Joey is normally kind and thoughtful! (Even if Mary-Lou is more so