*re-upload; the original disappeared for some reason or other*
Hola World! I’m back!! But before I get started on the meat and potatoes of this post, I’m gonna start with a side salad drenched in a rant. Heh, I’m so punny~
I’ve been thinking recently about writing-you know, short stories, novels, series, one offs, fanfiction, all that jazz. And I came to a few realizations-the first of which is the subject of today’s rant: the “rogue hero” plot. And oh my gosh I can’t believe I never realized it, but I hate that plot line with a burning passion. Now I know ‘hate’ is a strong word and stuff, but trust me-if there has ever been a fitting time for me to use it, then it is now. Anyways, I don’t know, but it’s like it just aggravates me to see the hero on the run as an enemy of the state or whatever because of the words of some over-zealous media reporter or the like. Suddenly, all the “dirty secrets” that the hero had up to the point are hung out in the open for the public, usually with the added bonus of a slander campaign by the villain (you know-getting framed, wrong time wrong place situations, I was actually trying to save you situations, etc., etc.). And then, your hero is on the run, because somehow, all their friends distrust them and for some reason all their enemies are more likely to believe the hero than his allies-turned-hunters; I think the line “With friends like you, who needs enemies!” really sums this one up.
Don’t get me wrong, I love love love a nice long solo-hero party-of-one arc, which is usually shrouded in secrecy-that’s some good stuffs right there. I also adore a good betrayalton– but that’s pretty tricky to pull off because a) there either has to be subtle hints leading up to it or it has to be outta the blue (which usually slaps me in the face and leaves me excruciatingly bitter) and b) it just has to be extremely well planned-treachery, deceit, trust no one, rethink your ideals, punishments for war crimes, the world isn’t so rosy, take off the tinted shades, and the kinda stuff that leaves you gripping your heart in anticipation.
That may sound a bit hypocritical, but don’t get confused– a betrayalton plot and a rouge hero plot are two very, very different things. On one hand, you don’t know the reason for the deceit and the writer has you on the edge of your seat waiting for the “big reveal” or if you know why you’re waiting for the redemption of the character; on the other hand, you know the hero’s been framed, you either know exactly who did it or you can put 2 and 2 together and find out who did (if you can’t though-that’s the one time I will have even slight approval for this contrived plot), and the hero quite literally has barely any person– so actually like one– trustworthy enough to turn to or who has good faith in him/her. So yeah, two different things. Plus, as a little added bonus in the rouge hero plot, suddenly everyone on the god-given green earth that the hero has just risked their life to save have 1) turned their back on the hero or 2) are totally freaked out by and wary of the hero’s very presence around them! Another thing is that it leads to an extremely disjointed narration; I mean, you want the focus to be on the hero, but you still hafta see what his allies (and occasionally, the antagonists) have to say about the whole situation. So you as the the reader are stuck with a story that flashes in between the protagonists, the close friends, the side side characters, and every now and again the c-listers who you don’t really care about; heck, the majority of what’s happening you don’t really care about! You just wanna see what’s going to happen to the once beloved hero– but you’ll be damned if you think that’s gonna happen quickly! Good grief the entire thing is a melting pot of negativity and confusion and your hero just happens to be the beef in this stew. And I definitely don’t want a fair-share of that hot mess.
Anywho, If you’re wondering about the Sonic-themed featured image, it’s from StCO-Sonic the Comic Online. And guess what! It just happens to be featuring a rouge hero arc about everybody’s loveable jerk-with-a-heart-of-gold, Sonic. Go figure. Anyways, creds to the awesome artists, Team Möbius! StCO is a fan driven operation, so everything is drawn by different people of varying degrees of skills and a wide variety of styles. These guys are one of the best I’ve come across, and I just had to show how awesome they are!
Um, I know I said I was just starting with a rant, but this turned out to be a lot longer than I thought it would be (note: I never, ever plan out a post-I just go out there and do it; you’re reading me candid, folks). So I guess later today there’ll be a part two to this post, nya-hah~
So, see ya in a flash!
-Nikky the raving critic
P.S.-I noticed just how negative I was being and just how much of my personal opinion was shoved in there, and I must say I impress myself with just how much hate is in there. Truth is, I do occasionally enjoy these plots. Also, I’m not criticizing any author’s writing style (even though I do kinda find these plots in the most random situations, making them seem very contrived on their part); If anything, they’re doing a good job of keeping me hooked with hate to find out what happens next. Unfortunately, I’ve nearly dropped a few books because I was sick of that plot-but I’m not the type of person to go around dropping books and series’s just because of one bad egg. I just think it should be a little more short and sweet, a little less obtrusive. I mean, come on, a whole planet of people you’ve rescued, and no one wants to help you? Pssh, please. If you had real supporters from the get go, this would be over a lot faster…but then again, there is the whole impostor subplot-nevermind, that’s a whole bother can of worms.
You know, I have no clue where I’m going with this P.S.. So Imma just stop while I’m ahead.