Monday, April 25, 2011

U is for Underdog

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What is it about underdogs that we can't get enough of? I love reading about characters that have weaknesses and looks like they will not win in the battle. I especially love writing them. Call me sadistic, but if the character is on the verge of death or horrible defeat that's even better. There's just something about the struggle that they make throughout their journey to reach their goal that makes them interesting and likeable.
But, I'm also the one that hate to read about overpowered characters that have little to no weaknesses. I really couldn't stand Superman before Smallville came out because Superman was always the one superhero that had too many powers with little weaknesses that the cops always called on to do their jobs. Give me the rugged rogue that has to break a few little rules if they have any chance of defeating the evil bad guy.
Even with non-paranormal settings. The underdog's journey is always interesting if they put all their heart and strength into accomplishing the impossible.
p.s. I love Glee for just this reason...


 
So,  what sort of characters do you like? If you like the underdog, what is it about them that you like?

5 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I like reading about all kinds of protagonists (other than the superman types), but I tend not to write about the underdog. Just the regular teen with her own problems and goals.

Rebecca Bradley said...

I love protagonists who have a lot to lose but come through to the front line of whatever they're battling anyway. Not necessarily an underdog but someone with something worth fighting for.

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

My favorites are the ones who start out really unsure of themselves for whatever reason and discover that they were capable of things they never would have expected. I love the idea that we are able to grow beyond the limitations we put on ourselves.

Alleged Author said...

Protagonists with weaknesses are great. No one likes a main character who is ALWAYS great. :P

Tania. F. Walsh said...

I'm all for the underdog because I love to see how they solve their problems.. it tells us so much about their persona...

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