Monday, June 29, 2015

Seven archetypes who just can’t seem to catch a literary break

At B & N Reads Tori Telfer tagged seven of the unluckiest archetypes in fiction, including:
The Morally Upstanding Man Who Lives in a Corrupt Society Determined to Bring Him Down

This guy really wants to do good and make things right, but EVERYTHING ALWAYS GOES WRONG. Like Okonkow, from Things Fall Apart, who tries really hard to have a good reputation then accidentally kills someone. Buzzkill, amirite? Or there’s the ethical Charles Darnay from A Tale of Two Cities, who gets unjustly thrown into prison and stays there for a long, long time. Who says you can’t keep a good man down?
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue