Why should fiction always be perfect?
The world of fiction is an interesting place indeed.
A giant turtle kidnaps a royal princess and a plumber saves her.
A simple kid turns out to be a great wizard and kills an evil overlord.
A college nerd gets bit by a spider and becomes a superhero.
Such things can never happen in the real world, only fiction can harness such madness.
The unrestricted world
The real world is a sober place, bound by the rules of nature.
The world of fiction is free to such restrictions.
And this freedom usually makes the world of fiction “perfect”.
People are always happy, the world revolves around the protagonist, there are no restrictions to the world.
The world can be anything and everything.
It isn’t restricted by the rules of nature like our real world is.
Nature holds us to our bases, it is our limit.
In fiction, even sky’s not the limit.
The things the fictional world can become are endless.
A school for magic, a city of superheroes, talking animals, walking cats, flying cars, anything can exist in the fictional world.
In fiction, something bad happens, the protagonist saves the day, he/she lives happily ever after.
But in the real world nobody lives “happily ever after”, people live, go through a lot of ups and downs and die.
Life never “settles” in the real world, unlike fiction.
In the real world the hero doesn’t ride off to the sunset.
The endings are always unfortunate here.
Happiness comes and goes, it vanishes, it doesn’t stay forever.
Our problems are different than fiction.
We don’t have zombie apocalypses or dinosaurs running around in our cities.
We have other smaller seeming problems, global warming, corruption etc.
And overcoming these problems is our everyday life.
These small problems make up our world.
The fictional world is unaware of such small problems, the problems are always big on fiction land.
We are not perfect, unlike the characters of fiction.
The hero is everything, he looks good, he is good, he can do anything perfectly, he’s flawless.
But it’s not so in real life, nobody is perfect, everyone has some flaw in them.
Not everybody is morally and physically similar to our dear hero.
Perfection is a rare (if not extinct) trait in our real world.
Does it have to be like this?
Our fiction, it’s a perfect place, and why not, after all, it’s fiction.
But isn’t this getting too repetitive? The (perfect) hero saves the day, gets the girl, BAM, story.
Couldn’t it be something different?
Is this our dreamland?
A ray of hope
Not every story is about the perfect guy.
Some are different.
Take the fault in our stars:
The characters, Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace have flaws in them.
Augustus has only one leg, Hazel has lung cancer, they’re not perfect.
And that’s what makes the characters relatable.
And that’s what makes the book a bestseller.
There are also other books like this, nowadays, books have become different.
That’s the direction I want to see books go in.
And that’s the direction I want Bollywood to go in (but it’s a totally different story, pretty hopeless actually).
I have my total faith in Hollywood though!
So, what do you think? Is fiction better off with the perfect hero path or should it become a little different? Or a pinch of both? Drop down to the comments below!