I have been finding a very distinct thread moving throughout the books I am reading lately. I begin reading a book, get into the plot and, inevitably, there comes the time when I am hit with a backstory of my protagonist.
An orphan at birth they grew up in foster care.
Their father was killed by a psychopath.
Their was/is a psychopath.
Their fiance was murdered days leading up to their wedding.
They had a child but they passed away.
I am finding that these dramatically damaged characters are popping up in everything single book I am reading lately. Every. Single. One. So, this got me thinking, why are all these protagonists so damaged.
I know, in theory, that I am supposed to connect to these types of characters faster and forge a bond as they fight crime and overcome evil. I mean, they have already been through so much! But, instead, I am finding myself a little irritated as I read. Obviously you cannot have a relationship with a woman Lead Detective 43! Your mother was a murderer who tried to sell you on the blackmarket and you have spent your life avoiding your aunt who you lived with after because you could never trust anyone.
It truly is starting to make me feel a little coocoobananas. I mean, we complain about unrealistic plots all the time. How about unrealistic tragedies?
Now, don’t get me wrong, I know that people can be hit hard in life but surely there is a story to be told about a detective who is just a regular guy with regular problems who fights crime.
If anyone knows one, please let me know!