FALLEN HEROES by T. M. Hunter
“Everyone loves heroes, but heroes have a tendency to die young.” – Heroes Die Young
It’s true. Everyone loves a hero. It explains the fascination we all have with superheroes, common day heroes such as firefighters, and the everyday average person who becomes a hero through an act of heroism.
But what makes a hero most endearing to us is when we can relate to them on a personal level, and that’s when we get into their faults. Mistakes and flaws are what make us human, and they bring a hero down to our level in the same way. Heroes (or anyone, for that matter) aren’t any fun if they’re larger than life all the time. They gain our admiration most if they get caught up in the same emotional trials and experience the same failures as the rest of us.
Take Aston West, the main character from my novel Heroes Die Young and many of my published short stories. He had been a hero before, having served in his planet’s military forces. Motivated by financial gain, and being a massive alcoholic, it seems like he’s beyond hope. Readers, though, enjoy him because he comes off as a common man through these faults. In the end, Aston is forced to choose whether to act on the hero he is inside, or to let his faults get the best of him, and that’s when he shines.
Heroes have to be heroic, but their faults will endear them to those who follow their exploits. That’s the truth, regardless of the hero.
T. M. Hunter is the author of Heroes Die Young, which was recently awarded Champagne Books’ Best-Selling Novel of the Year for 2008. He has had several short stories published with his story “Little White Truths” receiving a top-ten finish in the 2007 Preditors and Editors Readers Poll. His next Aston West novel, Friends in Deed, is scheduled for a January 2010 release. More information about his stories, novels and upcoming events can be found at AstonWest.com. He can also be followed at MySpace and Facebook (under the name Aston West) and Twitter (@astonwest).