Fairy tales reward heroic characters with happy endings. Comfortably familiar, good triumphs over evil, love prevails, dirty environments are cleansed, and there’s always a happy-ever-after to finish off with. It’s perfect. In this challenging day-to-day world, all H.E.A stories warm our souls and rescues us from realism. We want to read about the good fight, denounce evil, and find social harmony. It’s a warm way to book-relax. It makes sense to want Utopia. It’s orderly. Calm.
"Heroism is accessible. Happiness is more difficult."
Let’s talk about stranger than fiction stories. Escapism can take a gigantic leap into the unbelievable if the right STF narrative comes along. Find the right kind of true life story, and it’ll surpass any happy-ever-after. It won’t always put you into a Utopian world, but an unintended villain can become a reluctant hero. Good AND evil can dwell inside a single character. It’s an awkwardly interesting plot foundation that doesn’t conform to modern tropes. If the story is truly real AND convincing, evil people can live inside good ones. Readers can discover new reading entertainment that doesn’t contain the usual writing clichés.
My Doomed Hero story begins below. The question to ask yourself is: How much of is really real and much of it is fiction?
“Forman’s writing style is artful, with the protagonist Mitchell’s warped thought processes masterfully exposed. The author has a powerful and vivid command of language, and his word pictures are stark and disturbingly real.”
– Linda J Bettenay, author of ‘Secrets Mothers Keep’ and ‘Wishes For Starlight’.