Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Black Hat and White Hat

When I was a kid we played "cowboy". Not sure if kids do anymore, but back then we didn't computers or tablets or iphones or all the gadgets of today. Back then it was pure imagination.  "I'll be the good guy and you be the bad guy."

Many writers today still play good guy-bad guy.  The hero is handsome, smart and wears a white hat. The villain is ugly, cunning and wears a black hat. As Melanie Anne Phillips points out in her book "Hero" is a Four-Letter Word, what they've created are stereotypes. 

A reader mentioned recently that in my book Claws of the Griffin, the "hero" Peter Reynolds is a bit of a snob. Why not? He's got seven million dollars in the bank and a gorgeous girlfriend even if he isn't terribly handsome. Peter finds his world falling apart  when he gets mixed up with moonshiners, Southern politics and a sociopathic killer

What is the hero like in your story? 

Ron D. Voigts is the Author of Claws of the Griffin available on Kindle and Nook.

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