It is A to Z time.
Until two days ago I was thinking very hard about participating, but I concluded that this year I would have to sit it out as a poster. I am trying to meet a deadline on the second installment of a trilogy, work is hectic and I’m tired.
That does not mean that I won’t be enjoying it. I will be reading and cheering and clicking and commenting and following during the A to Z blogfest.
Instead of my participation, and well aware that I will be lost in the wave of awesomeness that I plan to follow, I decided to bow to an urge I’ve felt for a long time and begin a series of regular posts on a subject that I have always enjoyed:
What are they? And in any given work of fiction or, for my purposes, in a movie, who is which? We tend to blur things.
We have definitions of all these: (from Merriam-Webster Online. I wanted to use the Oxford English Dictionary, but $295 per year for a subscription was not do-able). I will follow them in my series of posts. I will say right now that ‘hero’ encompasses male and female, as does ‘villain’.
a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities
the chief character in a story, play, movie, etc.
a character in a story, movie, etc., who does bad things
1 the principal character in a literary work (as a drama or story)
a leading actor, character, or participant in a literary work or real event
one that contends with or opposes another : adversary, opponent
think vanilla and good as gold.
an annoyingly stupid or foolish person
an unlikable person; especially : one who is cruel, rude, or small-minded
It’s a subject I enjoy. I have some questions whose answers should be amusing:
- Can one be a hero and yet a secondary character?
- Can one be the protagonist and yet be a villain?
- Can you have more than one hero?
- Does a villain have to be a jerk?
- Are antagonists necessarily villainous?
As the King of Siam might say, Is a Puzzlement:
I’ll explore those in my posts. I think it will be fun. Will I use my own characters? Probably not. Drooling is so unappealing.
My first in the series will be Wednesday, April 2.