When Good = Bad… It’s Ugly?

When is being bad a good thing?

Call me old-fashioned, but I want the good guy to be…good.  It seems more and more of today’s novels, games, and movies blur the line between ‘good’ and ‘bad’.

The hero in a story should have faults and could even have a sketchy past.  This could help people relate and root for him/her, but why do we have hero figures that don’t strive to better themselves? This is very prevalent in today’s video games and seems to be growing in Hollywood and some books.

Everyone has an idea of a perfect good guy. What’s yours?

One of the novels I’m working on now has a protagonist with a questionable past. Along the way, we learn things about him that shed a more favorable light. He continually tries to do the right thing, but it doesn’t always work out. He makes poor choices, but in his heart he is good.

If you’re a writer, what faults does your protagonist have?

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