Rooting for Antiheroes
Radio Q&A: Sunday, 25 November 2012, Question 2
I answered a question on rooting for antiheroes on Philosophy in Action Radio on 25 November 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Is it wrong to root for antiheroes in movies? I often root for characters like Daniel Ocean (of Ocean's 11, 12, etc.), Erik Draven (of The Crow), Harry Callahan (a.k.a. Dirty Harry), and "Mad" Max. Should I instead seek out movies with more consistently good heroes?
My Answer, In Brief: Characters are more complex than just heroes and antiheroes. Judge the gray characters accurately, recognize that they're just fiction, and know why you like or dislike them!
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