Who’s the Good Guys?

Who are the good guys?  Sometimes in books, or tales, I have trouble figuring that out.

“Wait, what, Avon?” you say. “Isn’t that usually obvious?”

Yes, it usually is actually. But at the same time it isn’t. The good guys are often fighting for a good cause, or are just the good guys because one of them happens to be the main character. But they often kill, and hurt too. Most of the times the main character doesn’t do that(or if they do, they have a hard time with what they did.) But the side characters usually do.

Often(which makes it less obvious perhaps) it is random-groups of fighting men that the good characters hurt. But the good guys still have killed and injured a great deal of people, even if we don’t really ‘know’ them. That’s the thing. They could have had redeeming qualities, who knows?

The bad guys are almost always called simply ‘bad’. But there is usually a grey morality in some part of them. I find this confusing sometimes, but at the same time, impressive. Though I often wish the heroes were more black and white. This a funny thing for me to say, considering I adore Artemis Fowl(eh, well. Not in a crush way. But…anyway) and I love anti-heroes.They seem more realistic…it’s just, the ones where the author pretends they are good that I have trouble with.

They never have angst. Or when they do something really bad, but it’s excused because it is done to the villain. Artemis never did anything terrible, though he was wonderfully flawed. He changed. It is pointed out that he wasn’t ‘good’.

It’s also ones that do really bad things, but are on the slightly better side(they have a cause, or it’s their moral stance).  I support them more then the other side(which I don’t at all, usually. Even if their are some characters I feel sorry for) but I still have trouble fully liking them. This is often a good and interesting way of creating a character though.

I’m going to take some examples now, and fish through them. Before I do so– these aren’t necessarily bad things. A well done character is flawed. We all know  that. But…I think this will be interesting.

Twilight: I must first start saying I have never read or watched this, so feel free to yell at me about inaccuracies.  The obvious choice for this study is Edward. Edward is sparkly, possessive, and creepy. His author(unless she has been playing a grand joke on us, or the fan girls completely missed what she intended) portrays him as the “bestest boyfriend evar! Yeah!” He really isn’t. He isn’t flawed in a good way, unless this book was about a girl who realized how possessive her boyfriend was and ends up splitting from him. Or she stays with him, but it’s treated like a tragedy. Bronte-ish.

Lord of The Rings:  First of all, I like Lord of the Rings. Especially The Hobbit. And the hobbits themselves.

But let’s take a look at them. Most of the villains are, well, villains. No doubt about it. Gollum/Smeagal is one you can feel sympathy for.  He was once a Hobbit, and who doesn’t feel a touch of sympathy for him when he starts crying for ‘precious’? Even if he is really creepy.

Now we come to the heroes. Bilbo is a good hobbit. He kills the spiders, but that’s about all…still…

Gandalf does kill some goblins, and like I said, I have trouble accepting characters like that as a completely good character. But Gandalf is mostly good, but he is dangerous when he wants to be. He is not someone I’d want to be like, or even be a follower of, but I would trust him. I’m the kind of person who would just stay happily in the Shire, with my family and in my hobbit hole.

Harry Potter:

Obviously Voldemort is bad. Like, evil, evil, evil kind of bad. As are most of his followers. Draco, as well as other younger ones are the exceptions. I’d say there are probably a few other ones, ones that fear for their family and friends unless they obey him.

Harry is mainly good. But we all know he has the capability to be a Slytherin.

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But he choose Gryffindor. One issue I have is the sorting hat and the houses(okay, that’s two issues) as that if you didn’t put anyone in Slytherin, but just made a note that they had the potential to be evil, wouldn’t they turn out better? You could try to make them show their smarts, or something instead. Say they are bad? They’re more likely to be evil

I guess Dumbledore is our main one to focus on. The man manipulated Harry throughout the series, almost went into dark arts, and certainly is dangerous. Luckily, this isn’t passed off as ‘okay’. Harry was hardly pleased.Though, no matter how un-pleased he was, he shouldn’t just go abandoning his quest. On the other hand, I can hardly blame him for wanting to.

Now, that’s all for now. What books or stories have you noticed this in? Do you like things grey? Do you prefer a clearer black and white? Do you have problems with some heroes?

Tell me! Tell me…precious.

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Blog of the Year Award

I’ve gotten a blog award from Orphu44. My very first blog award! I shall proceed to run around the room excitedly.

Alright, I’m back. And still excited. Thank you so much Oprhu44!

Now, first of all, the rules.

Rules

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Link back to the Blog of the Year 2012 Rules page so people can read the real, complete, and fully accurate rules of this slightly different blogger award.
4. State 5 things about yourself.
5. Pass the award onto 6 other bloggers and link to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by pingback.

Here’s the original — The Thought Palette.

Now! Five things about the amazing Avon. Let’s see….

1. Eoin Colfer once said I was intensely cool. Or, rather…

Horse Sense. That’s me. Probably one of the best compliments I’ve ever received. Seriously. I could hardly breath when I read that.

2. I get so confused when it comes to my left and right hands. Or feet.

3. I’m writing a musical based on a roleplay I’m in. Something tells me I’m too into this role-play…

4.  I’ve only opened one present so far, and I have three left. Applaud my self-control.

5. I’m thinking of auditions now, and feeling a bit sick. I hate auditions.

And now my Award Receivers!

1. Jasmine from Between the Lines. ‘ello, fellow Shifter! Someday I’ll see you published, I just know it.

2. Annika from Beyond The Moon. My other fellow Shifter! You write such wonderful characters– Demi and Kyrie are both so good, yet so different.

3. Kiwi from Ramblings of a Kiwi Young Writer. Thank you for commenting so much!

4. Shim from Magic and Writing. You’re awesome. Thanks for participating in Character Interviews!

5. NevilleFan from A Teenage Writer. She happens to be my first follower! Thanks!

6. And one to Gabrielle at the Humble Abode of Gabblemac. I don’t know you that well…but you wrote a good review about Anne of Green Gables, so you deserve it.

Merry Christmas or whatever December Holiday you celebrate!

Interview With Holly Short-The End of The World

Hi, I’m Miss. Isanut from The Daily Prophet! People are saying it’s the end of the world, and we’re here to talk to Miss. Holly Short, Artemis Fowl the Second, and Foaly…Foaly who?

Foaly: Just Foaly. Foaly appears very nervous, and is wearing a hat that seems to be made of tinfoil. I nod to him.

Holly: Captain.

Miss. Isanut: What?

H: She acts frustrated. Captain! Captain Holly Short. Not Miss. I don’t mind Miss too much, but call me Captain.

M.I: Ah, well. Captain Short, what do you think of the world ending?

H.S: Interviewee is laughing hysterically.  I watch her awkwardly.

Foaly: He is whimpering.

H.S: Has recovered somewhat. Trolls. Literally. The world is really not ending. Crazies.

Foaly: May I remind you that I believe this?

H.S: Like I said, crazies.

Artemis: First time he has spoken. It is untrue–there is not one ounce of truth in it. Believe me. Smiles in a way that is reminisce of an actually scary Edward Cullen.

M.I: Sure, we believe you! I smile brightly.  Now, Foaly, I saw someone earlier who I think could be related to you–in disguise perhaps? Is this a family tradition?

Foaly: Appears to be happy. No, but she shows great taste!

H.S: Foaly…snatches his own hat, greatly resembling the womans, off his head.

Foaly: Starts to shriek. Holly!

Artemis: mutters under his breath–can just make out…Foaly…thought…friend logic…Holly…not…five…

H.S: Shut up Artemis! Apparently she can understand his muttering.

Foaly: tries to reach for his hat I need to check on Australia…he takes out his phone.

Mulch: The dwarf suddenly appears, putting the phone in his mouth. Eats it.

All Three: Mulch!

M.N: And this interview is over! Hope everyone has a good day, and enjoys the apocalypse..

~Miss. Cleo. Isanut

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