From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
There's not much competition for good ol' Peyton in the protagonist race. He is the only character with a name and background information. We get to hear his thoughts and know his feelings and perhaps sympathize with him (it's hard to not feel a little bit bad for someone with a rope around his neck).