Underdog or Hero?
It seems that all of the topics recently have been ones that I'm not sure what to talk about. That's how I feel again this week. I feel like it really depends on the story. Sometimes I'm rooting for one and sometimes the other. Sometimes they are the same character.
In general I think it's easier to connect with a character that's an "underdog" because they generally have more of the emotions and thoughts that I can associate with myself. A "hero" might have already overcome some of the obstacles that it's nice to see the underdog facing.
A lot of the time who I root for is based on how the writing is executed. A well written story is going to be enjoyable no matter which characters I connect with most. And a lot of how an underdog or a hero is perceived is based upon how the author has written that character. A good writer can make me feel many different things toward any number of characters.
So who do you root for? Do you prefer a story that's focused more on an underdog story or one that has a defined hero?