Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Recurrent Theme/Trope: The Chosen One


All the stories I
love love love 
are tales of good-versus-evil. 

http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/photos/stylus//1155159-Harry-Potter-7i.jpg

I know, 
from a certain point of view, 
perhaps every story 
is good-versus-evil, 
so to put a finer point 
on my thought, 
I'll say that whether 
it's the everyday Joe 
opposing evil, 
or some mystical savior 
sent from on high, 
those Chosen Ones 
appeal to me.

  
http://www.therobotsvoice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Frodo_Aragorn.jpg


But too often 
those Chosen One's 
have been male.
It's a big part of
WHY 
I write. 

https://vardenfell.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/5th_element-leeloo.jpg

In the last 20 years 
we've had a few women 
in that role filmwise 
either directly 
{Leeloo in 5th Element, c.1997} 
or arguably 
{Alice in Resident Evil franchise, 
Katniss of Hunger Games, 
Selene of the Underworld franchise}. 

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/92/64/1a/92641ae2c630310f4d8b835ce9a06ff6--underworld-selene-underworld-film.jpg

Most recently, 
Diana of Themyscira 
has rooted herself 
as a badass, 
legit, female 
Chosen One 
to be Reckoned With.

https://am22.akamaized.net/tms/cnt/uploads/2017/06/Wonder-Woman-with-shield-650x336.jpg

I've been writing female 
Chosen Ones since 2009 
when Persephone Alcemdi 
-- "the Witches Messiah" -- 
first hit the shelves with 
VICIOUS CIRCLE



I've continued that trend with 
Jovienne 
released earlier this year.



It manifests in writing a
strong female character
who has a big destiny,
and showing her
facing her fears,
stepping up and
confronting evil
in addition
to the day-to-day 
struggles of her life.


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