From time to time, I shall throw out a question, a comment, or a tidbit that hasn't anything specific to do with the book I'm writing, and hope most of you participate. This is one of those times.
Here's the question: what annoys you the most about most heroes?
I'll begin, by way of oiling the wheels. I really, really despise reluctant heroes. The ones who bitch and moan and cry "Why me?!" lose my sympathy fast. Some moments of doubt and self-pity are to be expected. Wallowing in it for several hundred pages, however, just makes me want to smack them.
Mind you, this isn't an across-the-board condemnation. I adore Terry Pratchett's Rincewind, for instance, who is the very epitome of reluctant hero. But he's an admitted coward who's never had a single ambition other than to become the most bored person in the world, and he's funny, so I forgive him. And I don't mind the "Oh, fuck, here we go again" type of hero, the one who bitches and moans and complains while rolling up their sleeves to get the job done. No, it's the heroes in the serious stuff, who have some serious saving to do, but who spend the first two hundred or so pages running as far and fast as they can whilst whining non-stop who get right up my nose. They're the ones I wish the writer had strangled at conception. I felt that way about Jordan's Rand al'Thor, for instance, up until he finally extracted his head from his posterior.
Likewise the heroes with honor stuffed so far up their arses they can't bend over. Duncan McWanker of the Clan McWanker, anyone? He rubbed me raw after a time. Give me a Methos any day.
Your mileage may vary, which is why I throw this out there. Have at.
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