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11:04 am: Rant on anti-heroes


Date:December 20th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
I've always had a soft spot for the metaphor of colors, rather then just shades; the idea being, of course, that black and white viewpoints represent all-or-nothing good or evil, shades show that characters have some-good and some-bad, while colors are required to question the whole legitimacy of "good" and "bad" in the first place. Not everyone uses the same scale, and all; there are many dimensions by which to judge any action.
Date:December 21st, 2007 09:44 am (UTC)
Indeed... but I would say that for a character to qualify as a real anti-hero, the author must present him or her as not measuring up in some way. I guess this does involve passing judgement.

Otherwise– in the worst case– the character can become a full-fledged Mary Sue, perhaps acting out the writer's fantasies of not being bound by laws/ethics/social conventions/whatever.
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