Antiheroes we love to hate!

In my first post we explored why fiction is alluring. Lets now see why we empathize with the broken villains.

Characters like Bandon in The Shannara Chronicles and Jonathan in Shadowhunters come from a traumatic past. Their near ones tortured them brutally, didn’t trust them and who they leaned on shattered them. At a time when they had to be loved unconditionally and guided, they were thrown on thorns.

Bandon. Jonathan Morgenstern

These actually have a dark past which led them to the present circumstances. Sure, they made the choice themselves to become who they are later, but the root cause lies with the people they are surrounded by neglecting them.

These personalities start to earn our loyalty, strange as it might seem. They make us constantly wish for them to become good. Anticipating when they will do an unexpected good act or become good for someone they love is our pleasure in watching them.

We are heartbroken too when they die or suffer badly in the end despite the atrocities, they have committed. All of us have a grey shaded life where we have been treated rudely or humiliated by someone. We have taken sometimes horrible actions too. That makes it understandable why we empathize with these broken villains.

Let me know your thoughts. Do leave a comment.

Hello everyone!

Welcome! This is my first post. Explore why fiction is so alluring to all.

Ever pondered over why you can’t stop watching a series? Why you want that novel you are reading to never end?

Fiction is our very own world where we find our hidden desires and discover the unexplored fears.
 And that world is not real which makes it easier and less dangerous for us.

Watching the real nature of a human in front of us on a screen keeps us hooked on, when it’s shown through a character’s flaws and imperfections. Aren’t you drawn effortlessly to a character whose humanity is explored on a show?

To look into the mirror of our shortcomings is awareness. You know right those destructive habits and patterns of ours we refuse to admit. When we see those played out by a character or shown in the circumstances of the plot, we realize and relate.

Sometimes we make changes. Especially when we make changes, fiction becomes really important. That’s another part to explore some other time.

Now when you start to 
love the traits of a character or the sudden turns in a story, a huge part of you is clinging to the world inside the book you are reading.

Its no wonder right you don’t want the story to get over. The characters are your friends, the protagonist is you or maybe the grey shaded hero and the journey there is your life.

Another best reason is that of course the part when you connect with fans. The ones who love the same story or the character as you do.

Reading a book or watching a movie and then having discussions with your fellow fans lets you relive the whole experience which is more addictive.

So, make sure that  you do not let these personas take over you outside of your fiction world! Live vicariously through them. Or else it will become dangerous! 

Excited to know more? Stay tuned to my next post.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Do leave your comments.