However, I’ve noticed blog hop posts going up so the word obviously hasn’t reached everyone, and I feel I ought to do something for people who hop in this direction if they haven’t realised that the blog isn’t going forward.
So – tortured heroes. Do we like them or don’t we?
I think the answer has to be a resounding ‘hell yes’, because a hero who has no issues, has no vulnerabilities, short comings or regrets, nothing to beat himself up over, is a very boring hero indeed. In order to be an interesting character he needs to have things he’s not sure about – he needs help. He doesn’t have to enjoy needing help, it can be even better if he doesn’t want to ask and resents it when it’s offered, but help means interaction. Interaction means opening up to tell what his issues are and why he is as he is. Opening up is part of his character development.
On the other hand, you may be one of those people who enjoys their heroes suffering physical as well as mental anguish. That can be fun to write as well. Pitting a hero against incredible physical challenges, whether in battle, or terrain, or sickness, or just a plain old fashioned beating, then seeing how he handles the situation, especially when he’s losing, tells you a lot about him.
Then there’s physical torture for realz if the plot calls for it. Secret agents, undercover cops, captured soldiers, might face a good deal worse than a questionnaire if caught by their antagonists. Personally, I’m a very squeamish writer and don’t think I could go all the way with that kind of thing – I’ve tried and it made me feel faint – but it can be a very powerful part of a plot [as long as the author doesn’t seem to expect me to get off on it.]
Comment below explaining your own favourite tortured hero and I’ll – um – pick a winner and – um – I dunno – send you one of my unique and incredibly sought after swag items through the snail mail post?