What is the attraction of rebel characters in fiction? The most famous are probably Princess Leia (a traitor to the peace of Empire, actively trying to bring it down through subterfuge and acts of terrorism), Luke Skywalker (a skilled pilot with special powers which he uses to spring a known traitor from captivity - killing a number of blameless prison guards just doing their duty in the process - and who goes on to destroy an enemy base taking the lives of 10,000 or more) and Han Solo (a smuggler, a gambler, possibly a pirate as well as a killer).
And they do all this in the face of hard-working folk such as Lord Darth Vader and the Emperor who are simply trying to make the galaxy a smooth running, efficient and peaceable place to live. Yes of course, the Emperor destroyed at least one inhabited planet in the process of doing this, but is that any worse than Skywalker and his chums destroying legions of imperial troops locked up in the floating space station (twice!)? Clearly, it's not the use of force that makes the Empire 'evil' so why do always seem to side with the rebel forces in SFF fiction? Let us know your thoughts.
Because at the end of the day, I think rebellion and liberty is in everyoneís blood. The intelligentsia will tell you rebellion is childish and that you should conform in the interest of some greater good, but at that point all you have is slavery . Unfortunately, I think most people would prefer peaceful slavery to dangerous freedom but SF stories like Star Wars stroke that natural desire to fight norms.
Another random thought, Iím no Star Wars expert but wasnít the Death Star trying to blow up the rebel base at the end of the first movie? Iíd say thatís a kill or be killed kind of situation, I donít think I canít fault the rebels there.
This is so true, and it's true in real life as well as fiction - today we see misguided youth joining ISIS, a horrible but rebellious organization. In the 1920's and early '30's the Nazis were particularly attractive to the young. I think this happens because rebellion offers the hope of change, adventure, working with others for a noble cause (which may well be anything but noble). Doing what most of us do, slog away at a spirit-numbing job where we have to bite our tongue daily, is hardly an adventure. So we side with the outlaws when we read or watch something, getting our excitement and risk-taking vicariously, but almost always choosing the safer path in real life.
It's possible that fiction writers are natural rebels. If we weren't rebels, we'd be writing cookbooks or blogs about our boring daily life.
We're the ones that were always told 'you'll never amount to anything the way you lollygag around'. When it comes to fiction writers, rebel is part of the job description.
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