I started thinking about this topic recently when discussing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with my EGMR friends. If you’re wondering how on earth an unreleased movie could relate to plot holes, let me just say that it’s almost inevitable when talking about the new Spider-Man movies to make a few quips about how bad the infamous Spider-Man 3 was, and naturally when talking about my gripes with it I referred to one of its big plot holes and some of its idea recycling.
I’ve been noticing a trend for some time now that has played a bit of a role in inspiring one of my stories. Of course, as we know, typical do-gooder heroes have become a sort of bore in today’s society, and we like to look towards more complex or damaged characters, especially those who fit somewhere in the morally grey side of things. I’m sure not many can dispute that.
Over recent years we’ve taken a liking to anti-heroes, memorable villains and even enjoyed walking the path of the eccentric and frightening many a time. That’s all commonplace now. But what I’ve noticed, especially in television, is the way these admittedly disturbing characters are portrayed in ways that are designed to make them likable.
And that’s because the reality would lead to the complete opposite.