My kindle recommends lots of stories. I’ll try new authors from those recommendations sometimes. Most write well with expansive worldbuilding and intriguing story-lines. I must have tried eight or nine samples recently.
I’ve bought none.
My most recent attempt was so promising. The fantastical elements of the world were unique. The plotline drew me in right away.
I hated the morally ambiguous heroes.
There’s a scene early on where one hero, the son of the recently assassinated emperor, is in a bar on a pier. As they leave the bar, a detonation goes off. The hero rushes back in to see if he can save anyone. He finds a poor barmaid pinned to the ground, and by the time he breaks her loose, the building is about to collapse into the sea.
He carries her to the entrance, which is now a giant leap away due to teetering building, where his partner (another protag) awaits. He knows he can’t make the jump with the barmaid. He might not make it without her. So, how do we solve this dilemma?
His partner throws a dagger into the barmaid’s throat to save the hero from a sacrificial decision.
Yah. That’s my beef.
We laud modern fantasies because the characters are gritty and real. Life is sloppy. Selfish. Morally ambiguous. Heroic fantasy is unrealistic.
Please tell that to every fireman who rushes into the building to save life knowing he or she might not come out. Or to the single mom who works her tail off to put her kids through sports and school. Those who give up their lives so….
That’s real. Not this make believe moral ambiguity that makes people feel better about their own selfish shortcomings.
Oh yes. I do NOT like Grimdark stories. It makes a mockery of all those who sacrifice by devaluing their choice for the selfish one. And ultimately, it mocks the cross of my Savior.
“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8.
I didn’t plan this post to fall on Veterans Day, but it’s appropriate. Thank you to all our servicemen and women for your sacrifice, both past and present, so that we might enjoy free lives. I hope my art portrays heroes that are worthy to honor your sacrifice.