|I can't dance...|
I like to think this is his way of saying that Emma is not the gritty anti-hero so common in today's movies and comics. For the most part she's a squeaky-clean goody-two-shoes. She doesn't drink or smoke or eat fatty foods or curse or whore around. At the end she does ride a motorcycle, but that's for strictly operational reasons. While she did suffer a childhood trauma, she doesn't brood about it in a cave; mostly she just focuses on her studies and then her job to repress the pain. When she fights people, she doesn't kill her enemies. Most of the time she doesn't even hurt them too much.
The point being that she's more of a hero-hero than an anti-hero. Actually at three points in the series we contrast Emma with a grittier version. The first time is in Book 4 when her friend Becky takes over as the Scarlet Knight for a brief period. Becky has no qualms about using a gun to shoot her enemies, though she does stop short of killing them. She doesn't have much qualms about cussing and such either. The second time is in Book 6 when Emma's daughter Louise inherits the mantle. Louise is a lot mouthier than her mother and unlike Emma she kills her enemies--not so much by choice. Then in Book 7 it's Emma who becomes darker and grimmer, though really it's more like a separate personality that develops after she suffers a psychological trauma. That Scarlet Knight routinely puts her enemies in traction (though still doesn't kill them) and tortures people for information. I guess it'll be up to any readers to decide which version they like better.
It's not to say I don't like anti-heroes. I don't mind cussing (obviously) or drinking or smoking or that. I think killing is where I draw the line. I don't have so much of a problem if they kill out of self-defense or when there's no other option. It's when they do it as pretty much the first and only option that it becomes a problem. So-called "heroes" like Frank Miller's Batman or the Punisher or Rorshach and the Comedian from Watchmen are not really any better than the thugs they bust. I'm not so much a fan of that.
I suspect other people feel differently or those wouldn't be so popular. As someone who grew up with Adam West's Batman, Superfriends, and Christopher Reeve Superman movies I guess my idea was superheroes should be heroes, not bloodthirsty thugs. It's not even so much about not smoking, drinking, or having sex so much as it is about the attitude. Emma does what she does because she feels she's obligated to--that whole with great power comes great responsibility thing. It's not about working out childhood trauma or thrill seeking or anything like that.
|I am not a role model.|