Author has written 13 stories for Forgotten Realms, Silmarillion, and Lord of the Rings.
Favourite Ever Quote: I am not a shrimp! I am a King Prawn, okay?
What Maketh the Man?
Something which I have encountered, not just in the world of fanfiction, but also in the various English courses (as in literature. If you ask me what 'literature' means I may have to hurt you. don't laugh, it's happened to me on multiple occasions now, and it is annoying.) I have been doing is the sometimes heated debate about what constitutes masculinity and/or bravery in the context of a fictional character. Generally speaking, it seems that there's a fairly equal division between the two sides. One group seems to feel that a 'real' man is so brave that he goes beyond mere recklessness, often with the emotional range of a teaspoon. The other (guess which side I'm on, 'ey?) has slightly lower expectations, allowing for such prudent emotions as fear, anxiety, etc, when they are appropriate.
Let me give an example: Jonathan Harker from Bram Stoker's novel 'Dracula', first published in the 1890s. I have heard people critiscise him for not 'stepping up', as it were, to the expected level of macho-ness for a male fictional character and taking out Dracula when he had the chance. But what is the basis for this accusation? Lol, I just saw how late it is...I shall extend upon this ranting tomorrow...