Amanda’s Randoms: Heroes—All Shapes and Sizes

I’m all for the hero with the six-pack abs, but I also love the everyman—or the outcast—who defies his pigeon hole and becomes the hero.

1) Lewis Barnavelt: Fat kids rule! Overweight orphan, Lewis—worrywort extraordinaire, bully target, and defeater of necromancers, moves in with his wizard uncle and displays true courage in a series of life-threatening situations chronicled in an eleven-book series by John Bellairs and Brad Strickland. Though Lewis often melts in the face of bullies, he stands up for himself when the end of the world is near and always saves the day with the help of his best friend, Rose Rita. Lewis is the classic every-man, and shows that with courage and conviction, anyone can stop the clock of doom and save the world.

2) Ben Bancroft: from Stoner and Spaz by Ron Koertge. Ok, I’m biased, my daughter has cerebral palsy like Ben, but what I liked about this book was that Ben wasn’t a hero because he was disabled, he was a hero because he finally found a place where he fit in—a difficult journey for anyone, and often harder for someone with a disability. There were no fairytale endings for Ben and Colleen Minou—who yanked Ben out of his shell—but I think that’s what I loved the most—it was realistic and honest.  Just seeing Ben put himself out there and find a place where he was accepted makes him a hero in my book.

3) Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I can’t say too much without giving away spoilers from this hot new book, but Peeta was taking a beating—literally—since an early age, all for the girl he loved. Heartbreakingly enough, his love interest is oblivious, yet leads him for everyone to see on TV. Can’t wait for book two to see what happens. Will the hero get the girl?

4) and 5) Heroes from the Buffy Universe: OK, technically from TV shows—also comics and novels based on the shows–but Angel was the hot, flawed guy doing good and winning the girl. Sigh.

Time after time, he sacrificed his own happiness and made me wish I was Buffy and could hop into bed with him to comfort him. Um, my husband isn’t reading this is he?

Spike: Who doesn’t love a reformed bad boy with a biting sense of humor and cheekbones to die for—literally? I love Angel, but there’s something sooooo tempting about the jerk turned sensitive hero—especially when he’s spouting his dry wit with an English accent. If I had to choose, it’d be Spike I brought home to mom, though I’d probably regret it in the long run. This series had the most bang for the buck as far as heroes are concerned—Zander, Giles, Wesley, Gunn, and Oz—all a-typical heroes who made me swoon.

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9 responses to “Amanda’s Randoms: Heroes—All Shapes and Sizes

  1. Buffyverse heroes are ALWAYS welcome around here.

    However, I must throw down my gloves in terms of Spike. Angel is Buffy’s one and only, curse or no curse. They could’ve been platonic necking buds (ha ha), that’s all I’m saying.

    Oh, and the one “hero” that I wanted to see die in Buffyverse? Riley. Oh, how I hated him. But if you think about it, he was the most typical of the bunch.

    (I would’ve even taken dweeby Jonathan over him.)

    -S.

  2. Robin

    Amanda,

    I LOVE Stoner and Spaz! I took it out to an island one year to finish reading it and my son and his friend both read it too and declared it to be classic YA.

    As for the men of Buffy, it’s Giles for me. I never finished the series. Should I Netflix it? Is it worth it?

  3. Amanda Marrone

    Susan, did you notice how I left Riley out? He just never clicked with me.

    Robin, if I were older I’d be all over Giles, too. I loved Wesley’s transformation over time when he was working with Angel. I’d definately Netflix the series!

  4. Ooooh! Peeta from the Hunger Games is definitely a great hero! I’m looking forward to book two, to see if Gale also lives up to our Hero Needs 🙂

  5. We’re Netflixing Buffy right now at my house, and are up to Season 4. It’s so hard waiting for the kids to come home, when Spike is just sitting there on the entertainment center, calling to me…

  6. Netflix it today, right now! I put it on when I’m on the treadmill, and I think I’m on my third time through it all.

    It’s up to you if you want to Netflix Season 7 (or whatever the last season was). It sort of sucked for me.

    And what is with the Spike fans here? Must I remind you of that bathroom scene with Buffy, pre-going-off to do those cave challenges? (I’m trying not to spoil anything but those who know what I’m talking about–c’mon!)

    -S.

  7. OK, I’m so out of the Buffy loop. I never watched it. Never. Or Angel. I’m so lame 🙂

  8. Amanda Marrone

    Except for the first few eps of season one, I’ve only seen the show when it was on. I’m vaguely remembering the bathroom scene–did he force himself on her?

  9. Amanda Marrone

    I googled it–and read a synopsis of the episode and now I very much remember hating that scene! Hard to admit that he must have redeemed himself because I had put that episode out of my mind and had fond memories of Spike. Maybe because he was literally a ‘monster’ and then hated what happened it made it easier to forgive? He overcame the monster part of himself?

    On the other hand, I saw the musical Spring Awakening last spring and there was a scene that felt like a rape to me, yet the guy was still very much the hero for the rest of the play. A friend who saw it didn’t feel that it was rape, but as the girl had no clue about sex, reproduction and babies, and the guy did, I wasn’t buying that. Hmmm.

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