RARA-AVIS: anitheroes unappealing/dull?

From: Carrie Pruett ( pruettc@hotmail.com)
Date: 26 Apr 2002

>I don't need "redeeming" if the character in question is interesting.
> >That's how I see Hannibal Lechter. I just find Parker both dull and
> >unappealing. Jim Blue

Jim, I appreciate Parker as a character (wouldn't say I "like" him), but your feelings about Parker echo my feelings about Tom Ripley - who is some other people's favorite "antihero." i think there is some kind of balance that makes various "psycho sidekicks"/"antiheros" or whatever palatable to some and not to others. this may be one of the hardest elements to put one's finger on - I mean, I appreciate Parker, I love Keller and Bubba Rogowski, and Mouse but Ripley bores me, and I think Coben's Win is my least favorite character ever in every single way. I hardly know anybody who likes *all* the good/bad characters, and I don't know many except the exceptionally moralistic or squeamish who dislike them all, either. I'm not gonna try to develop a formula for why some of these characters work for me and other don'. who can tell?


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