Anti-Heroes: Yay or Nay? | Discussions at Dawn [#2]


Hey guys!

Welcome to the first Discussions at Dawn. This is where I will talk about hot button issues, book related topics, and other things I find interesting.

Anti-Heroes: Yay or Nay?

Last week I was hit with so much inspiration and ideas for a fantasy series that I want to start writing. As good as that sounds it’s also a little daunting as well. So far I have a general endgame and plot points and I have drafted several of the main characters. BUT here is where I have hit my first road block:

What kind of hero do I want my main character to be?

This question has been playing at my brain for the last couple days and I am honestly no where close to coming up with an answer to that question.

Do I want the run of the mill good natured, always does the right thing kind of guy? Or do I want a character who is a bit dark and troubled to lead my story?

A prime example of both types of characters would be Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and Adelina Amouteru from The Young Elites by Marie Lu.

Although Harry’s curse spawned from the most evil and dark wizard alive, Voldemort, he still is the always does the right thing kind of hero. He may get into trouble, or break the rules once in a while, but he doesn’t struggle with what’s right and what’s wrong.

On the other side of the spectrum Adelina, is a very dark anti-hero. She is plagued by the curse that is within her and her power. She doesn’t know what is right from wrong most of the time, and she struggles throughout the whole book with her inner demons.

So on one hand everyone loves the great almighty hero, and on the other they also like the dark and brooding heroes as well.

My question to you guys is, which one would you rather read about? Should I right the happy go lucky hero, or should I write the troubled tortured soul of a hero?

Please I need your suggestions!

See you next time,

Sig New


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Jesse Nicholas lives in Toronto, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult and Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. He is currently posts reviews on the novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future stories.

17 thoughts on “Anti-Heroes: Yay or Nay? | Discussions at Dawn [#2]

  1. I think that often times an anti-hero can be a lot more interesting to read about than a traditional hero, especially if the character is well-written. I think they tend to have more depth and be more complex. I loved reading about Victor in Vicious, for example. Hope this helps!

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    1. Yeah I totally agree! I definitly don’t want my character to fall under the Mary Sue spectrum, or whatever the male version of that is. I want people to enjoy him, root for him, and hate to love him all at the same time!


  2. Anti-heroes can be interesting. I may not always root for them but sometimes they’re easier to relate to because they make mistakes. They’re more human. Bilbo Baggins is an anti-hero. He’s not very brave and he’s sometimes selfish but I like him and I love that the entire time he’s on his journey he always thinks about returning to the comfort of his home because I do the same.
    Sometimes the traditional hero is too good and even when they make mistakes, they always make the right decision and that can make them unrelatable. I say write whichever appeals the most to you.

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    1. Thank you Zezee! I totally agree with what you’re saying. I’m currently drafting my characters origins and up bringing and it’s definitely leaning toward the anti-hero spectrum. But we’ll see how things turn out when I actually begin to start writing.

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  3. Honestly, I think it might depend on the context. What’s going on with the plot? What other characters do you have? Which backstory better suits the story? In general I think that anti-heroes make more interesting and complex characters, but regular heroes may make the story move along faster and be more plot-centered. Depending on which you choose I think it will also change the tone and overall mood of the book. So really it just depends on what you want your book to be and feel like.

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    1. That makes a lot of sense! Thank you.
      Right now I am character drafting and plot point developing before I actually jump into writing. As it stands based on my characters mysterious origins and his up bringing, I’m leaning to a more darker tone and anti-hero archetype. So thank you for your input. Definitely gives me a lot to think about!

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      1. I feel like getting the reader’s point of view is so important. They are the ones that are going to be reading and hopefully enjoying what I write. Therefore I will listen to all the advice I can get from my fellow readers!

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    1. Yeah I believe so too. It’s going to be a tough decision to make once I start writing the story. Currently character drafting and plot point developing at the moment to set a basis. And I’m leaning towards anti-hero as we stand right now! Thanks for your input Sara!!

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  4. Let me start by saying how EXCITED I am for you. You got those creative juices flowing.
    Now when it comes to the type of hero I’d say go with your gut. Both the anti-hero and the golden boy can make great protagonists if they have the depth to back it up. Even the mightiest of heroes have their moments of self-doubt. Personally I tend to go for the anti-hero simply because I love the morally ambiguous aspect to them and they tend to be a bit more unpredictable. At the same time when the golden boy is faced with choices that will undoubtedly have consequences no matter what you can play on their doubts and inner conflict with making the right choice.
    I’m rambling and I have no idea if this comment made any sense but basically go with your gut and see which trope best suites the story your telling. It’s all trial and error so if you find that one of them doesn’t work you can easily make alterations. 😀

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    1. Yeah I totally agree with you Lois. It’s such a tough decision. I’m leaning toward the anti-hero just because of the characters mysterious origins and his back story up until my book begins. But I guess we will just see how things flow once I start writing! Thanks for your input. 😀

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  5. I love anti-heroes. For me, they’re the most authentic characters you’ll ever meet. They don’t side with good or evil; they side with what they think is right and is honest to them. I say write whatever character your story prompts you to write! 🙂

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    1. I totally agree with you! But I want my character to be memorable. I don’t want readers to classify him as a Mary Sue.. or whatever the male version of that archetype is.


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