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These blogs are the work of Nissa Annakindt, writer and farmer from Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

My poetry and prose have been published in: Struggle, Above the Bridge, HEATHENzine, Idunna, Marklander, Asynjur and PanGaia.

I also was editor/publisher of the Nine Virtues News in its print incarnation, which ran weekly for a while.

Contact me at: Nissa Annakindt PO Box 95 Wallace, MI 49893 USA

"My strength is the strength of ten, because my heart is pure."

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Euthanasia mentality in adventure fiction

In reading adventure fiction, we often find a scene like this: a
Sacrificial Character falls into the snake pit or the piranha pond, and
is being consumed alive in some horrid way and cannot be rescued. Our
Hero pulls out his gun (or phaser) and puts the Sacrificial Character
out of his misery. And this is considered a noble deed.

Of course, this 'noble deed' is also convenient. Our Hero is spared a
few minutes more of screams--- or the decision to attempt a dangerous
rescue and perhaps succeed, and have a gravely injured, likely disabled
companion to care for through the rest of the book.

I'd like to see a scene more like this: the Sacrificial Character is
not just a cardboard cutout like the redshirts from Star Trek, just
there to be killed off. We care about the Sacrificial Character.
Moreover, the Sacrificial Character has a vital bit of information which
he hasn't given Our Hero yet.

When the Sacrificial Character falls into the piranha pool, we fall with
him. We see him about to reveal the vital information to Our Hero, with
his very last breath and in spite of all pain.

But then, Our Hero's Amoral Companion steps in, killing to Sacrificial
Character 'to spare him pain', and preventing the Sacrificial Character
from revealing the vital information.

Perhaps the Amoral Companion is already betraying Our Hero and the vital
information includes this fact. Or perhaps the vital information has
nothing to do with the Amoral Companion, but the killing is the first
big clue we have that the Amoral Companion will in the end betray Our Hero.

I'd like to see this in fiction, rather than the idea that some
characters in our stories are disposable and may be killed off
carelessly in the interests of providing a bit of pro-euthanasia,
anti-disability propaganda.