Saturday, December 3, 2016
I'm not sure how many people saw the movie Second Hand Lions. It wasn't a blockbuster by any means but it's a favorite around the Sullivan household. Today, I was speaking to someone in email about my books and why I write optimistic classic fantasy rather than the grimdark reads that are so popular right now. The person writing the email said,
"Most people I see reviewing on the internet are always bashing books which deal with the dichotomy of good and evil.They keep saying that prefer morally gray/grey characters and would prefer if good didn't always win. That way of thinking tells you how messed up our society as a whole has become. We have enough moral ambiguity in the real world as it is and I'd rather read a story about good people overcoming bad things and have a happy ending."
Reading that reminded me of my favorite lines from Hub's what-every-boy-needs-to-become-a-man speech. It goes like this:
"Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things that a man needs to believe in the most: that people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love, true love, never dies... No matter if they're true or not, a man should believe in those things because those are the things worth believing in."
Not sure what drove me to post about this...oh yeah, I just got done reading the news then reading/responding to email ;-)