I recently watched a 'made for TV' movie. I looked forward to it because I enjoy watching the actor staring in the movie in all his roles and I love the books the movie character is based upon. Well, I was extremely disappointed. I kept waiting for something to happen. Not only did the story progress at a snail's pace but the star of the show didn't do anything. Mostly he stared into his coffee or drank himself insensible. Not very heroic.
And who won't love a hero who stands up for the oppressed or the helpless. Isn't the world a better place with such people?
Sometimes it's heroic simply to turn the other cheek and take the high road. Sometimes being the one who doesn't strike back is admirable.
The best books or movies are those that find creative ways to make the hero act in a way to draw the reader into wanting this person to succeed. We cheer for people we like. We hope we would act like them in the same situation whether it's to save the world or our family or even slay vampires.
So remember when you're writing to give your hero a way to be heroic. Give them opponents or situations where they must be that person we all wish to be. Endless cups of coffee or liquor isn't heroic or interesting.
What plot is your favorite to showcase a hero's brave heart? Do you prefer the emotional or physical call to arms to define your hero?