Jeffro wrote an interesting article today about true heroism that I want to share with you, because I agree but mostly because he makes an important distinction that seems to get lost today. You rarely find a solid hero these days that is honour bound. The troubled hero with a factory of personal issues that he must work through before he dies in some stupid sacrifice to redeem himself has become a trope that repeats way too often. And I get it makes for dramatic writing but it also becomes stale and irritating quickly.
We sometimes forget that in fictional worlds the idea is to make it feel and sound as real as possible. In war you dont have the luxery to work through your personal identity issues before doing what is right. You have to step up, no matter what, and do your duty. In other words, you sacrifice your emotional comfort zone because there is a calling higher than you and you must heed that calling.
“This came up the other day, so I had to look it up. Any classic character that is adapted to contemporary media is consistently mutilated into something they’re not. Most recently this can be observed in the many edits made to Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker in Disney’s cartoon adaptation of the original Star Wars film. It seems a small thing, maybe, but this is how people that hate us actively rewrite our culture right in front of us. Plenty of well meaning people take the knockoff for the original while their imaginations are dimmed…“
You can read the rest of the post here.