[META] Why I Love Legacy Characters

Andrew Perron pwerdna at gmail.com
Thu Sep 16 03:53:32 PDT 2010

On Thu, 16 Sep 2010 01:47:45 +0000 (UTC), Tom Russell wrote:

> You make a very good point, and I agree with you-- a hero with brawn
> and no brains won't last as long (or be as interesting) as one with
> brains but little brawn.  I'm going to rethink and revise my analogy a
> bit and come back to it in a later reply within the next few days.
> (Someone be sure to give me a poke if I don't.)

Most certainly!

> Derek's not trapped by his past, but he tries to
> learn from his mistakes-- even as he's still making them-- and to move
> forward.  Martin is, in certain aspects, very self-absorbed; not that
> he isn't heroic, or civic-minded, or capable of obvious sacrifices, as
> seen in the last issue.  But he's a bit of a brooder in a way that
> isn't precisely healthy.  Derek, by contrast, is somewhat more forward-
> looking.

I noticed that.  It seems like Derek would never take the path Martin did,
letting things build up to an unhealthy point and then cutting himself off
from everything - at least, not since Martin's been mentoring him.

> So I wouldn't call either Martin or Derek an Obama-esque figure, but
> Derek is closer to embodying that sense of someone hitting the refresh
> button on America's web-page.  That's more the thematic resonance I'm
> talking about, that rushing sense of new ideas, a new optimism,
> something more tech-savvy and geek-friendly, more we-can-do-it and
> less crushing hopelessness.

Ahhhhhh, very nice!  This is the kind of thing I enjoy, both in my fiction
and my reality.

>> Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, doesn't share everything politically
>> with Tom, but...
> ...but?

...but agrees with him on the awesomeness of our current President.

Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, do you capitalize when it's like that,
or just when it's used as a title?

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