I read a comment recently that started me thinking. Would you read a book where the monster is the hero/heroine? A ghoul who used to eat people’s brains, now rises out of his grave to stop robbers from mugging old ladies? A swamp thing that stops a corporation from destroying a forest? A demon with an attitude and the mouth of a trucker who works under cover for the police? A banshee bounty-hunter that screams murderer’s unconscious and takes them to the authorities?
How about a person who was once bad and is now trying to do what’s right, or a person who’s hardened by the trials of their life who goes on to rise above them? Could you buy any of these as a hero? ::scratches head::
I say, why can’t a monster be the hero? If you look deep enough into anyone, there’s monster potential there, the ability to do terrible things if the circumstances align the right way. There’s also the capacity to do something amazing, to go farther than anyone thought possible, to inspire, to save, to … well … do anything.
Sometimes it takes a monster to do what a regular Joe doesn’t have the grit to do, or maybe that’s just my dark and twisted mind at work.
What do you think?