Sunday, September 14, 2008

Favorite Heroic Moments

The term heroic can refer to saving lives from a burning building or less noticeable acts the common man or woman performs each day. To me, any time a person forfeits their own needs for the sake of others, they are heroic.

I asked my writing friends to share their favorite heroic moments from either books or movies.

“The heroes I like best are ones who have a beta coating with a hard alpha center. Like the Harrison Ford character in Air Force One, where the President is forced to hand-to-hand combat to save those he loves. Or Executive Decision were the adorable think-tank nerd is forced to assume a leadership role in a terrorist threat and save the lives of millions. Or prim and proper Darcey in Pride and Prejudice who moves heaven and earth to keep Elizabeth's tawdry sister from destroying the family reputation and then doesn't tell the woman he loves what he's sacrificed for her.”

Judi Thoman _ Thoroughly Mannerly Millicent

“Hi Tina,

My mind goes very quickly to my work in progress where Cleve determines Anna Clare to be in trouble in 9th century Scotland and despite not knowing if he can get either of them back to present day (though of course being a great hero, he's done all he can to assure it) he plunges into the 9th century to be with her.

Or, in my first time travel set in 1880's Arizona, Black Hawk saves Caytlyn from marriage (and subsequent rape) to the villain Don Guillermo Montez Ramirez in the following passage:the shutters to her room exploded, sending shards of wood in every direction. Bronze vengeance descended. Black Hawk grabbed Don Guillermo's throat as he land and lifted him off the ground.

Ah, heroes! What would we do without them.”

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“I'd like to share a heroic moment from my own novel, The Welcome Inn. I usually write about ordinary people living ordinary lives, but sometimes ordinary people are forced to do very extraordinary things. In The Welcome Inn, Buck Abercrombie is confronted with the kidnapping of Julianna Martin, the woman he's in love with. When the police can't seem to get a grip on the situation, Buck takes matters into his own hands and decides to rescue Julianna himself.”

Elaine Cantrell

“ The part of Susan Wiggs's _The Hostage_ where Tom fights his way through a storm across the newly frozen Lake Superior to save Deborah, at the risk of his own life.
A good one is the moment when Robert, secondary hero of LaVyrle Spencer's _Forgiving_, refuses to go through with having sex with Addy for pay, despite having decided, after over a month of trying to persuade her to leave prostitution, that he's desperate enough that he'll have sex with her on any terms. After saying he won't accept the sex he's already paid for, he holds her until she gives in and reveals her secret. Then he wipes the tears and makeup from Addy's face and pays to take her out of the bordello, ostensibly (as far as the madam knows) for 24 hours but really (as Addy knows) forever. I always cry when rereading that scene, even this fourth time I read it, when not all the aspects of the story as a whole pleased me as deeply as the first time. I still love that moment of acceptance, tenderness, and protectiveness. All of Robert and Addy's conflict isn't over, but this is a major turning point in their subplot, which, for me, almost overshadows the main romance of Addy's sister, Sarah.”

Desert Rose Chapter of RWA
Thank you, ladies.
Now I have a whole new batch of books to buy.

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