Originally posted by lola610
Kudos to Janu for putting it sooooo well in that last post, there really is some twisted love of antiheroism that pervades our thinking nowadays and if we're looking for lessons, it helps to have real heroes to learn from instead...
I know, I once got into this debate with someone about the characters of Harry Potter, and people were comparing Lily Evans Potter with Hermione Granger, and many people said they preferred Hermione because she actually had flaws unlike what we knew of Lily. Don't get me wrong, I love the character of Hermione as well, but you know from my past PMs that I prefer Lily because of the ideal qualities she exhibited for her family. And I was sitting there wondering how it is a good thing to have imperfections. Isn't the basic message of morality that we should always strive to be the best? And yet in our society, it seems as if people strive to be the worst, and to cover up their actions they put a message across that 'flawed characters' are more enticing than ideal characters.
One of my friends told me that the reason may me because people feel like they can relate more with flawed characters, and while that may be true, the main reason I read fiction is to get away from the imperfections of real life and enter a fantasy world where anything can happen, even all good. And also to learn something from the characters in stories and gain a deeper understanding of what it means to strive to be an ideal person. Like you said, we learn from the ideal characters in stories, not the imperfect ones (well I guess we learn from them too since we learn what not to do), so what is the point of reading stories where the characters in it are just like the people in real life? I personally do not find anything to gain from such characters.
Then again, I have always been an idealistic person so it is hard for me to understand how some people do not believe in idealism. I personally find it encouraging and inspirational when following the life of an ideal character, because it teaches me how best to change myself for the better and help society, you know? I do not feel the same way for normal, everday flawed characters, other than mere entertainment when reading the story.