Being the Hero SUCKS!

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Being the Hero SUCKS!

Postby MichaelMcAfee » Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:01 pm

For all that we love our heroes, let's face it, inside the story it can suck to be the hero. The hero usually goes through hell, doesn't always get rewarded, often has their reward subverted in some way, not to mention the physical and psychological damage that might occur. No wonder villains are always offering the good guys a chance to join with them and rule the world together. So how is it that people in real life can be inspired to do heroic things from all this fictional suckage? Does heroism in real life suck as much as in works of fiction? Did heroes have it easier in earlier ages of writing? Worse?
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Re: Being the Hero SUCKS!

Postby millerdan2009 » Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:58 pm

Hi, all,

I like this topic, but I would add that in fiction, it frequently seems as if the hero is all too self-aware that he or she is the hero, and often feels the accordant angst that goes along with that, whereas it often feels as if the mark of real-life heroes is that they're saying that they're nothing special and that they simply did what anybody else would have done. So a follow-up question might be, on the subject of heroes being everybodies in real life, but distinctively superior in literature.


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