The older I get, the more I enjoy stories without that “fairytale” ending. Instead, they’re more realistic.
The “hero” becomes damaged by what he or she had to do. There’s no simple life anymore. Everything has changed. Even if the overall is better, there’s no perfect way to save everything.
We ask this question all the time though.
“How do you destroy a monster without becoming one?”
“You either die a hero or live to become the villain.”
There’s something familiar and natural about these types of characters. They’re relatable. And great.