Pacifists? That will get you review bombed. No one likes pacifists. The only example they serve is as an object lesson to others when they are killed.
But it's hard to describe him as anything other than "wimpy" in general. He's awkward, anxious, clueless around women, doesn't have much self-confidence, lets other people step all over him and doesn't mind it, it's normal for him... Like the guy that I can push in the hallway at school, and he will apologize to me. It makes the readers pity him.
I mean, he doesn't have to be "badass" if you don't want him to, or if we're slowly getting to that point little by little, but the absence of that "awesome factor" is what makes him feel a bit underwhelming as a character. He's looked down upon by everybody (except the students that are slowly growing to like him), and he's also looking down on himself just as much. I think it would help if there were more situations where he does something witty, outsmarts somebody, thinks of a super-creative compromise that leaves all parties happy and resolves a conflict, etc. Something fun, something wild, even if it's not a fight scene where he's kicking ass.
He's just super-passive at the moment. Whatever happens, happens because somebody else initiated it, and our MC is just reacting.
I still think it's a 5/5 book, and the writing is high quality, the world is awesome, and I enjoy reading it. But I might enjoy it more of I didn't feel bad for the MC so often.
tfisb Wrote:Nestor1079 Wrote: ...Clearly nobody here has bothered to read Heinlein...Are we talking Starship Troopers or Strangers in a Strange Land? These works of the great philosopher Heinlein have significantly different approaches to violence.
clearly we are talking about "I will fear no evil" here