Author: WolfletteMoon PM
Random essays on fiction, literature and writing. I call them essays, they're actually thinnly disguised rants.Rated: Fiction T - English - Chapters: 3 - Words: 1,013 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 01-09-11 - Published: 11-28-10 - id: 2868635
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Now, I've noticed a lot of things about fiction on this site, and many others. One of them is heros and villains. Good and evil. Black and white, if you will. They're different. Why are they different? Are they supposed to be different? And where are the shades of grey? I could have sworn they were around here somewhere. You're probably thinking I've lost it. Well, maybe I have, but that was a long time ago, so I'll explain to you all what I'm talking about here.
You see, in almost all fiction, there's a hero and a villain. Good and evil. But nobody ever stops to question it. The hero never stops to think, 'wait, he may be evil but he's a person, too'. So, if it's wrong for the villain to hurt the good guys, how is it right for the hero to hurt the bad guys? Double standards, much? The hero gets away with everything, but the villain usually dies at the end. Is this really fair? I think I may need to start a campaign for equil rights for villains. I'll set up a union. We'll have a name and a logo. I'm going to start recruiting.
Another issue, who decided who's good and who's evil? Did they have a vote? What happened to democracy? What if the villain doesn't want to be evil? What if they don't think their evil? What if they're actually not that bad? You never really get to see the villains side. I've got a story from the point of view of an evil minion, and it's one of the hardest for me to write, because their supposed to be evil - but they're not! Yes, they kill random villagers, and torture political prisoners, and all that stuff, but they aren't bad people. They're actually much nicer than the 'heros' of the story. So villains aren't that bad, but they're still villains.
Also, how can you call yourself good when you're trying to kill or de-thrown someone? It isn't a very nice thing to do to someone, and the person you're doing it to won't think it's heroic. But nobody ever stops to mention that. A hero would be a lot more interesting if they stopped and said 'I can't kill him, even if he's evil. It's still murder' rather than just lopping a guys head off. At least, I think so.
Needless to say, I don't write heros and villains. Well, I write villains, normally three different sets all bickering over something. Villains are fun because they have justification for everything; they're evil. Well, that's a lie. They need justification. So do heros. People don't do things just for the sake of it. They both think they're right, and that what they're doing is justified. So I guess heros and villains aren't that different, after all. Or maybe I'm just spouting a lot of nonsense. It won't be the first time.