Bradley | Sep 13, 2019 | 0
H is for Hero
You don’t have to love or even like him, but you have to care about what happens to him.
The hero, or heroine, doesn’t have to be the guy in the white hat (and white teeth). He might be the guy in the black hat (and missing teeth). You just need to want to know how he fares, how he thinks, and what’s going to happen to him. If you don’t care, then he’s not the hero, he’s just a character.
I’m going to copy straight from John Muldoon’s excellent comment from yesterday’s G is for Gradual where he expertly defines what he likes to see in a character and we can then translate into what we need from our hero:
I like to see a character struggle, and maybe not get what they want. Or at least not get what they want in the way they’d hoped. I want to see characters make hard decisions, and have those decisions not always work out like they expect. I like making characters who have to grown and change in order to get what they want. I like it when things don’t go according to plan, and someone has to come up with a new plan and learn new things and change who they are in order to reach that final destination I imagined with my architect’s pencil.
In a way, the hero of a story is someone you’d want as a friend or maybe he even is your friend (if only between the pages of the book). You care about him, you want him to succeed, to progress, to grow, to learn, and you want to experience it all right there with him.