I was talking with my SO (Significant Other) today and I had one of those little epiphanies about the 'All Powerful Hero' and why it's probably popular to write and not very fun to read... Granted, I don't assume I'm making some huge logic leap no one else has ever done, but it just kind of hit me today while we were talking about it. Playing the 'All Powerful Hero' is fun. After a hard day or a long day, being powerful and able to breeze through enemies and challenges is great. It's good for the mind because of a hard day of having to deal with one thing after another that you can't breeze through. It's nice to just feel like you can do anything, accomplish anything, and it's not hard because in that moment 'you're awesome' and no one can touch you. So I can totally get why people love doing the 'Elder Scrolls' kind of hero that's the greatest mage/warrior/rogue/dragonborn/whatever that has ever been and everyone respects and loves you (or fears you as your fantasy might be). It's an appealing way to forget for a while what a pain in the ass life itself can be. However, reading about the All Powerful Hero is not fun. Why? Well, because normally my day involves me feeling like the little guy, the one that has to play nice, grin and bear it, and in general just kind of gets taken advantage of. I'm sure a lot of people feel that way in a lot of jobs; it feels like you do all the work, deal with all the problems, and it's the higher-ups that get to benefit. It's rough because in the real world there's not really an easy way to get to be the boss or beat the boss or advance quickly (in most cases). When I read, I want to read about the 'Little Guy' that does get to do all that. I want to feel better and hopeful about that sort of thing, I think. I want to smile because "hey, if this little guy can do it, maybe I can too." I read for a different reason and a different feeling than I play a game. Apples and oranges for me personally, but I assume I'm not alone. Reading a book about some super powered guy walking all over the competition, winning all the prizes, just makes me think of a rich boss gushing about buying yet another car or something. It wasn't hard for them to spend that money, it wasn't an effort, and now them patting their own back just feels like rubbing it in the face of all the little guys they stood on to get there. So that All Powerful Hero just seems like a jerk. Reading about a Little Guy overcoming something, struggling, and finally getting to beat out 'The Big Boss' is nice because hey, wouldn't I love to be able to do that? It's not near as viable to me (because you know...stabbing or challenging them into mortal combat isn't generally accepted in most places) but it's a nice feeling anyway to read about them winning because they worked hard to earn it. Again, just my two cents and late night rambling when I probably should be in bed. I just felt like sharing it because thinking about the Land made me remember the conversation I had earlier.