Saturday, June 22, 2013
I've been labeled a cynic on several occasions due to my taste in fiction, and my dislike for stories that take place in so-called "brighter and more upbeat" settings. But, I believe it's easy to be optimistic in a world where things are "safe" even with supervillains at large. But when there is true evil at work, when the world isn't fair, when bad things happen but your hero still rises, that is real optimism, I think. I don't just enjoy seeing my heroes put through the wringer, I love seeing them shoved through the grinder. The grinder. Some of them are broken by the grinder, this is where your Frank Castles come in. But those who can go through Hell and back in a world that is unkind unfair... THAT is true optimism. The alternative is wish-fulfillment fluff.