But what about the anti-hero?
You know the one.
He or she may be a main character but they lack some of those heroic attributes and may or may not have a questionable moral code.
Some may say he’s the villain, but as to quote my own self in Heirly Ever After, ‘The only difference between a hero and a villain is what they do with their power’.
Thus why I was quite compelled with the idea to make my hero an anti-hero, or some might say a villain, to the hero in the companion novel, Heired Lines.
The Webley family in Heired Lines has it all. A manor in the gorgeous English countryside, wealth, and a bunch of adopted dogs. So obviously Gavin Webley is a hero and anyone who would want to ruin that is a villain, right?
But what if his outcast cousin, Gavin MacWebley from Scotland shows up and claims he’s the rightful heir to the manor and needs to help his struggling family?
SEE NOT SO EASY.
Though my husband and I seem to disagree with this and what it all comes down to is that he doesn’t believe in anti-heroes.
Exhibit A is our discussion of Black Panther, a movie we have watched at least twenty million times since my youngest is obsessed with it.
Killmonger came to Wakanda as a rightful heir and wanted to help the people who were suffering back home. My husband says that it wasn’t noble of Killmonger because he wanted it for chaos. I say he was still trying to do what he thought was right and it doesn’t make him a villain.
We both know I’m right on this.
The anti-hero isn’t limited to Blockbuster movies, though, literature has constantly fed us the anti-hero and I eat those characters up like Nana’s Sunday pasta dinner.
Classic anti-heroes such as Jay Gatsby have captured the imagination and intrigue of readers who claim they didn’t enjoy reading the book in English class, but really did you just not enjoy the supposed hero of the book and wished it were more about Gatsby?
Then we get into more current anti-heroes like Severus Snape and basically the entire Slytherin house in Harry Potter. Maybe Snape did some wrong things and we all know Draco and the Malfoy’s definitely did, but when we looked at their reasonings, were they REALLY all that bad? (Okay so maybe Draco was kind of a jerk, but shhhhh).
Now that I’ve shared my love of fictional anti-heroes, I want to hear yours!
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