This is probably going to be more of a conversation in the comments than the posts. At least that’s what I hope. Feel free to comment on the statements of others and keep things civil if this topic interests you.
So, Charms of the Feykin has an undertone of forgiveness. More that if it’s possible when a hero makes a horrible mistake. Delvin and Sari are not themselves, which means they risk crossing some major lines with the others. Now, you might say that it’s forgivable if the person is under a spell, mind control, body swap, I’m not telling you what’s going on with them, etc. Others will think that the decision was still their own or they will feel responsible because they had awareness of it. This is a delicate situation that changes from person to person.
Another reason I bring this up is because I think forgiveness is harder to come by in the real world. For some reason, we as a society seem big on the ‘one strike’ method. A person makes a mistake, no matter how small, and they are never allowed to move beyond it and better themselves. It’s a stigma that our social media world makes sure you remember and even adopt as the core of your existence. Now, I will say there are unforgivable acts, so don’t think I’m giving a pass to everything. Let’s get back to fiction.
There will be some acts that the heroes will need to come to terms with. It might easy for some and hard for others depending on how it turns out. Something we might not always remember is that there are two pieces to the forgiveness puzzle. One is that the person hurt needs to give forgiveness and the other is that the person who did the hurting needs to accept it. Guilt is connected to this because a character or real human can decide that they’re unworthy of forgiveness. This creates a path of self-loathing that will alter the dynamic of a team-based story. Will this happen in Legends of Windemere? Have to read and find out.
Before I hand it over, there is one more piece of the puzzle that the characters and author have no control over. If a hero or villain does something horrific, the reader is supposed to hate them. In the case of a hero, it becomes very hard for them to recover. All of their actions to gain forgiveness will be aimed at the other characters, so it is up to the reader to make the decision. Here is where inference is essential because some people will never get over the ‘betrayal’ and even stop reading if a hero is the culprit. So, an author needs to be careful when having a character commit a horrible act. Wish I had more advice on this, but it seems to be a case by case thing.
So, what do you think about in regards to forgiveness in fiction?