The chief thing is to make children feel good about themselves. They want to step into the shoes of a hero who is bigger and stronger, to face tremendous dangers and come home safely for tea.
– Geraldine McCaughrean
As a real person, he wouldn’t last a minute, would he? But drama is about imperfection. And we’ve moved away from the aspirational hero. We got tired of it, it was dull. If I was House’s friend, I would hate it. How he so resolutely refuses to be happy or take the kind-hearted road. But we don’t always like morally good people, do we?
– Hugh Laurie
I don’t want to play myself up as a hero, because it would make me unbelievable. I’d rather settle for people thinking that I’m a bum, but digging my stories, than liking me and not being able to believe in my stories. That’s one reason I’ve been hard on myself, because I want my stuff to be believable.
– Harvey Pekar
We grew up watching Woody Allen and Albert Brooks movies, and we see this neurotic, annoying, unlikeable male at the center of a story, and people root for him anyway. I think that’s really what we have been craving as women is the hero who doesn’t look perfect and doesn’t act perfectly.
– Jill Soloway