Annoying hero

Rowland, Jennifer A B jennifer.rowland at
Tue Aug 27 07:26:01 EDT 2002

Hi all, the holiday is over (alas.)
Robyn wrote last week and I just have to reply now I've seen it :)
>I think because heros act and we don't get their stupid inner dialogue; so 
>even when they make stupid choices, we aren't forced through the reasoning 
>process, and 99% of the time they are thrillingly extricating themselves, 
>so the stupidity part is camouflaged. I'm thinking here about say, 
>Dunnett's heros who very rarely provide internal dialogue, and are always 
>getting bizarrely injured and doing daring things. Heroines reflect, but 
>sometimes not deeply enough, so it is frustrating, and there are no 

I like Margery Allingham's Campion books, which are mostly done with an
external narrator (or whatever the term is); but I've just read Traitor's
Purse, where the narration is from the POV of a guy who wakes up with
amnesia. Since we normally just see Campion's actions, having somebody who
finds out gradually what he's like and has very definite opinions on him is
I tend to find TV characters more annoying with ones in books- I mutter
"Don't be so *stupid*" at the screen, but I think with books I may get too
into the character and not notice things that they don't notice, if you see
what I mean. So I tend to pick up irritating things on rereads rather than
first reads. 
To unsubscribe, email dwj-request at with the body "unsubscribe".
Visit the archives at

More information about the Dwj mailing list