R is for Rick Grimes

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My theme this month is 26 of the Best Characters in Fiction.

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Isn’t the artwork lovely? I had a lot of trouble finding a page with no gory stuff and no swearing.

This is not my first time talking about The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman, on this blog. I love both the TV show and the graphic novel, even though they’re quite different. Many of the characters are similar, like Rick and Glenn ūüė¶ , and some are completely different, like Carol and Daryl (who doesn’t even exist in the comic, if you can believe it!)

But I don’t think I’ve ever specifically talked about Rick.

I love Rick as a hero and the leader of the group. Before the apocalypse, he was a cop. He’s all about law and order and doing the right thing. At first, he has a strict moral code that’s a leftover from the world before. But when he realizes that’s not going to work anymore, he adapts.

His moral code changes throughout the books and the TV show. Sometimes he tries to be the man he was before the apocalypse, and sometimes he realizes that’s impossible. But what I like about him is that his moral base is always on his mind, and he’s always the guy trying to keep his family alive.

At first, family means his wife, child, and best friend/ partner. Later, it comes to mean the group he’s in charge of.

Rick has moments where he loses his mind a little, which I think is understandable. Having to come to terms with a world where zombies… excuse me… walkers are real, would be too much for most of us to handle.

I’ve seen people online complain about how Rick (on the TV show) changes his mind on things. For instance, helping strangers vs. not helping them. He goes back and forth on this issue a few times. They say it’s inconsistent or wishy washy.

I think it’s human.

I think that changing our minds based on new information we get is what people do. Sometimes we go back and forth on issues a few times, depending on many factors. If we don’t adapt and grow, assimilate new information, we stagnate and die. His underlying moral code doesn’t change, so it’s not accurate to call him inconsistent. He always puts family first. It’s just the other decisions¬†that change based on his thinking at the time and recent experiences.

What do you think about characters who change their mind? Are you a fan of The Walking Dead, show or graphic novels?

I Don’t Have to Have All The Answers (And it’s okay)

Renaissance Fair, AZ Photo Credit: Doree Weller

Renaissance Fair, AZ
Photo Credit: Doree Weller

My belief system is pretty simple: treat all living things with kindness and respect, don’t hurt anyone, and I don’t have to know all the answers. ¬†Life is pretty miraculous, and I believe that there’s a lot I don’t understand. ¬†And I’m actually okay with that. ¬†I prefer it that way. ¬†For me, questions of religion and morality become simple.

Sometimes in my group, people will ask what I believe. ¬†Or they may ask me if something sounds “crazy.” ¬†My response is always the same: There are many things in this world beyond my understanding. ¬†There are times when that response doesn’t satisfy people. ¬†My lack of curiosity frustrates them, as if I’m deliberately holding answers. ¬†I am curious; I’m just not likely to get the answers to some of my questions. ¬†As to other questions; I’m patient. ¬†Many of the answers will come in time.

People have always searched for answers to questions, and that’s not going to stop. ¬†Differences are what makes the world such an interesting place, and there are those who are curious and will search for answers. ¬†I enjoy listening to their answers, even as in the back of my head, I’m not convinced. ¬†I’m just not convinced, even when others are so sure that their answers are the right one.

But just because an answer might not be the right one doesn’t mean it’s the wrong one either.

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

-From Hamlet

Y is for Yin-Yang

“…one quality in a person doesn’t rule out any other quality. ¬†They can exist side by side, good and terrible.” ¬†-from Hannibal, by Thomas Harris

South Mountain, AZ Photo Credit: Doree Weller

South Mountain, AZ
Photo Credit: Doree Weller

I’ve always loved the concept that there are complimentary forces that may seem opposite, but are actually intertwined in a way that can’t be separated. ¬†I’ve always been fascinated by shadows, both literal and metaphorical. ¬†Shadows cannot exist without light. ¬†How can there be good if there is no evil? How can there be hope if there is no despair? ¬†I believe that balance must exist in all things.

I’ve talked about heroes and villains in this month’s challenge, and about how I enjoy moral complexity in characters. ¬†I enjoy duality in a character’s nature, and appreciate when a character struggles or has complicated motives for behavior. ¬†This can be a difficult line to walk, in that while I like complex motivation, I also want to understand why. ¬†We don’t often get to find out why in real life, so I want answers in my entertainment.

Hannibal Lecter is one of my favorite villains because he will kill people with out a second thought, but is also unfailingly polite and a man of his word. ¬†Batman is such a great character because he’s a good guy with lots of flaws. ¬†The dark and the light. ¬†The good and the bad.