Bumbling heroes was RE: Gaiman's American Gods
ferricide at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 12 16:27:19 EDT 2001
>But I would say Cat and Nan are like this, and possibly Jamie and
i'm with you on cat, but i don't think jamie is a good example of this at
all. jamie is confident and self-assured. perhaps even cocky, before he
leaves london and becomes a homeward bounder. the fact that he doesn't
immediately fall to pieces as a homeward bounder but instead buckles down
and succeeds is testament to this as well.
i guess the difference between any of these characters (including cat) and
the arthur dent/richard mayhew/etc type character is that cat has deep,
innate talents that he's surpressing. those two don't, imo. so cat has the
potential to grow up to be a competent charatcer, while those two are
already grown up and permanently bumbling. i suppose mayhew finds out that
he is capable of more than being led around by his nose by the end of the
book, but that's not what i'd call "talent," especially not the way cat
exhibits it by the end of charmed life.
[ christian nutt - ferricide at hotmail.com ]
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