Dissecting Dragons

Episode 247: Sweet, Awkward and Tongue-tied - The Unromantic Hero in Speculative Fiction

November 6, 2020

We're all familiar with the fairy tale prince and the various genre permutations of said character, culminating in the 'alpha male' of paranormal romance. It's not that the dragons think there's anything wrong with readers/ viewers liking these characters, it's just that they personally find them less interesting. This week's episode is dedicated to looking at the atypical romantic hero in speculative fiction - forget rippling abs and a domineering presence, Jules and Madeleine are all about the sweet, nerdy, awkward characters who often get relegated to the sidelines.

On the slab this week: The Haunting of Bly Manor, The Oaken Throne by Robin Jarvis, The Last Unicorn and many more.

 

Title Music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic

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