I’ve decided I tend to like characters that are more self determined. Characters that are made for your sympathy never do it for me (not that I hate these type of characters). I like the characters that are like “Me or you? Sorry, it’s always me.” They don’t have to be total dicks or totally ruthless. More like, they don’t wallow in sadness and they don’t ask for your sympathy or even empathy and rather keep moving going forward.
Yea. yea. yea.
The old gods, he thought. They know me. They know my name. I was Theon of House Greyjoy. I was a ward of Eddard Stark, a friend and brother to his children. “Please.” He fell to his knees. “A sword, that’s all I ask. Let me die as Theon, not as Reek.” Tears tricked down his cheeks, impossibly warm.
I think the main difference between a hero and a heroine in traditional narratives is that a hero’s strength is defined by how much he can win, while a heroine’s is defined by how much loss she can endure.
I think that’s kinda fucked up.