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|Subject: Who is the "Nice Guy"? Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:13 pm|| |
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Not to be redundant, but the Nice Guy (or Gal) is nice. Maybe not a saint, but definitely no loner or edgy rebel. They're friendly, psychologically well-balanced, morally Netural Good (if not Lawful Good) and in short, someone anyone wouldn't mind to be around and have as a friend, which is often what they are to the hero and/or his extended cast.
if done right, it can demonstrate why a guy does have a beautiful woman attached to him for a genuine reason, he really is a remarkably wonderful and compassionate person.
Along with the Happily Married couple, the Nice Guy is among fiction's "favorite" characters to most likely to be fataly wounded at the hands of bad guys. They might be destroyed senselessly to motivate their hero buddy, Persistent friendliness used in the hopes of making the girl fall in love with or just in general go through him or junk from the world around them to give the slightest dynamic to their optimism. Surviving as a this person might leave one with mental wounds, but he has people to comfort him.
However, that's not to say that they can't be pretty engaging or even the protagonist; all it takes is giving them a personality outside of "nice" such as: a scholarly refinement , a chivalric attitude, some engaging relationships, and a pinch of Hidden Depths. If combat intellect or combat ability are involved, it's akin to because you naturally expect the dark, tormented loner to be an Anti Hero and the nice guy to just be a person who can't fight. So when it comes time for "No more Mr. Nice Guy", heads roll. This nice fellow can be a redeeming factor as a person whom the beleaguered hero realizes is on his side and know he's not alone.
Often, authors go the abbreviated route and give them a Dark and Troubled Past triggered by a Berserk Button. Either way, you can expect their niceness to be in spite of whatever tragedy or drama is in their lives, kind of an equal and opposite reaction to it.
Want to know what writers think of that? "Boring!" and "Next!"
I Personally Beg to differ.
What do you think?
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|Subject: Re: Who is the "Nice Guy"? Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:06 pm|| |
I agree with you.
I want the nice guy to finish on top as do alot of others.
I think sometimes too much is made of the bad guys which the glamorizes their behavior lack of morals etc.
And then you have alot of wannabees. hahahah
This article was interesting like how you pose a question for the reader-gives the reader something more to reflect on.