- Nov 10, 2020
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If the story is bad cliche, I find that the problem is usually that the character traits of the hero are not properly earned. The hero is just simply the best at everything they try to do, and all the good guys just happen to want to help, and all the bad guys just happen to be bad, and every convenience that has to fall into place for the hero to progress just does. Or a very one-dimensional 'flaw' is introduced and THAT isn't properly earned. Or the villain became a villain because of one singular experience that they took badly. Writing is king."A 'hero' is 'born/destined' or 'chosen by light' to destroy a 'villain' trying to take over the world."
If done right I can roll with it. Most of the time it is eyerolling though. I want to be engrossed in a normal character's struggle and not have the "plot armor" that he/she will predictably succeed.
Realistic people are complex with a wavy moral landscape. A realistic hero is going to have to crack a few eggs to make that 'save-the-world' omelet. A realistic villain is going to be looking for their best life. They might have a disregard for the welfare of others, but they are also not going to want to create a situation where most of the world is looking to murder them in their sleep. I can know the hero is the hero and will overcome and be engaged because I don't know what the struggles will be and what moral choices the hero will have to make.