The Fox and the Hound - Discussion on Kindness !
Fox and the Hound is still in the nifty developmental stage. Buuut I already have a funny hunch that I can guess who are going to be the fan-favourites.
Buuut I could be wrong. XD My readers like to surprise me. XD
People miiiight have a higher chance of gravitating towards harsher, more morally ambiguous characters like Helen or Patroklos.
It is easy to like and relate to them.
Helen screws up by pissing off the wrong person, she also is unfortunately seen as a trophy wife material and not as an actual person which leads to her having a LOT of rage issues. She likes making Hector's life difficult by sassing him. She is cheerful, crude, fiesty, and what you guys might call an action-girl. She takes action. She messes up, but always corrects her mistakes. Helen loves fighting to prove she is more than a pretty face ever since she was a kid.
She is so relatable because who has not struggled with being labelled?
Who has not struggled with unreasonable authority figures or stupid laws made by certain establishments? *Cough, schools. COUGH. *
Who has not struggled with people who have told you. "You can't do this because of *Insert Dumb Reasons*
Patroklos screws up by STARTING the whole dang war because of his feelings of inadequacy , rage and stupid pride. Why is he a hero? Or even the love interest to Paris?
I have a feeling people will either love or hate poor Pat. XD I love all of them.
He is the sole survivor of a bloody masscre of his entire country. Patroklos survives by hiding under his parents DEAD bodies while he is forced to listen to his people being murdered, the sounds of bloodshed and destruction for TWO DAYS.
One day he is happy go lucky , carefree , cheeky six year old prince of a small kingdom. Next, he is a stateless , helpless , traumatized refugee who is later taken in as A SLAVE by his own kinsmen.
.... I wanna say. In NO WAY does this say it is OK for Patroklos to have started off the war or being a jerk from Chapter 2 onwards. His past does not define his actions.But you can understand why he is such a bitter *ahem* bum-hole and malicious , conniving , status-chasing teenager in Chapter 2 when he and Paris meet again. (They don't remember each other. Despite how much a butt Pat can be, the one weakness he has is Paris. His greatest strength also is her. He would never have been so rude to her if they had recognized each other. You could say....She is his Achilles Heel.
XD . Eh?)
These two either will be whom I have a feeling readers miiiight be looking out for. I mean. They are pretty much every gritty , crapsack world action hero lead in another blockbuster hollywood movie. Helen is every Mako Mori, every Katniss Everdeen, she is a Lara Croft , She is a Korra.
Patroklos is a Sam Witwicky.He is every teenage marvel superhero complete with a traumatic backstory and snarky attitude. He is insecure, tries to act tough , does some really stupid things that he regrets , and actually has a good heart underneath.
I however adore Paris, my main lead. I have to.
She is my main character, so I will be more predisposed towards her. After all. Without her, there would be no Troy rewrite.No redemption arc for Patroklos who would be a straight up fallen hero *Cough. DARTH VADER*. No moral support for Helen who would never have risen and would grow into a heroine. No friendship for poor , kind Achilles who needs someone to prove there is still goodness in the world. No one to comfort and stop Hector from his violent urges.
So you see. All my characters matter. XD.
Now, Paris AND Achilles. These two are my personal favourites. They ARE not romantic. But they will become very good friends. ((Sorry. Achilles is ASEXUAL and a bit eccentric. He's like Alex Louis Armstrong and Goofy had a kid.))
Achilles is a kind hearted, goofy guy who wants to keep his younger cousin safe. He's the good dad/big brother material but not terribly bright.Actually he is spectacularly stupid in my story , buuuut sometimes is actually more observant in his odd-ball way. He loves to eat. Achilles is similar to Helen as in he has been forced into his role as a warrior. He would rather much stay at home with his Mom and at the village they dragged him out of.
Achilles matters to me because he to me, is a true hero. He is kind hearted and tries so very hard to keep being kind to people even though they treat him like crap because they think he is slower, dim-witted. Manages to keep that kindness. Always tries to cheer up his friends when they seem sad. Asks about their feelings. And this is a war, guys. Lots of crappy things happen. For all the mockery, Achilles is blessed with a soft but very strong heart. He can take and has seen crap and will come up a-okay. In modern days, Achilles would be a great school counsellor or possibly a psychiatrist specializing in PTSD.
Now on to Paris.
AKA, Princess Alexandria Rhea Isolde Selene.
I might decide to change some of the acronyms.
Paris is a strong moral compass in the story. And it was VERY important for me to assert this.
Paris is a strong female character.
Paris loves dancing, she loves singing and playing with little woodland creatures and the flock of sheep she tends to in her spare time, she loves picking wild flowers back to make into garlands for her family back home. She loves dresses. She , like her mentors , Andromache and Aphrodhite , is maternal, gentle, and caring. Paris is also naive and sheltered. She believes the best in people.
Repeat after me.
Paris is a strong female character.
Paris ALSO is willing to fight Patroklos (Mind, they did not recognize each other) when they first meet again because he is being a bigoted little butt who was being a insensitive bigot to Helen . Even though she was less experienced than Helen in combat but because she loves and respects her cousin so damn much. Paris who gently eases her brother from attacking his men for leering at her , and teases him back into good humour. Paris who knows she is also (while on a lesser degree) like Helen is seen as a trophy as the greatest lover, silently endures because she knows they need all the men to hold back the Greeks. Paris who keeps seeing the best in people. Paris who does not resent the person but the act they did. Paris who weeps over every fallen Trojan man and was willing to consent to be Agamemnon's seventh wife even though she is the same age as his daughter to stop a bloody war, even though she loves Patroklos. Paris who puts up a cheerful face, and tries to keep being brave because her family is depending on her to help them emotionally and cries in private.
Paris is a strong female character.
She is just a strong as Helen or Penthesilea , the warrior Queen who later aids them.
It is just a different kind of strength.
Just because she is weaker in physical combat or is more feminine and chooses to hang on to a feminine conduct , does not make her any lesser or less respected by the heroes or the 'action' women.
And that is why she is the main character and also , the hero. XD
MMkay, rant over. Well, you guys know a bit of the characters.
Please vote who is your tenative fave? ;3
Or maybe leave a comment in the comment section below on YOUR THOUGHTS on what you think strength is? ;3
Comments are very much loved!
Till then, seeya, Band of Bubble!
Plot: Young Princess Alexandria Rhea Isolde Selene (Paris for short)
is the champion of the Goddess of Love, Venus who has bestowed her to be the World's Greatest Lover when she grows up. As a child, she meets and befriends a boy called Patroklos during the move to Troy from their original settlement. The pair become best friends and swear an oath to be allies to each other forever. Venus however warns Paris that oneday her friend will grow into a killer, and blood only follows him for he is the champion of the God of War.Years pass, the war happens. By now the pair have nearly forgotten about their childhood friend , until a chance meeting occurs and the pair find themselves torn apart for their new feelings for each other and the war itself.
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