It's International Talk Like A Pirate Day! So shivvy up, ye scurvy dawgs, and show some love for your favorite pirates. Allow me to start...
Han Solo, What-a-man Solo! What exactly is it about everyone's favorite smuggler? Is it the cocky attitude? The brash daring? Or is it the ches hairt? :D
There's something about outlaw bad boys that's just so damn...appealing. I can't put my finger on it. Maybe it's that they live by a code of honor that's not synchronous with what society expects. But they do live by a code. Half the fun is ferreting it out. What values do they hold, and why? Why would they thumb their noses at the government by smuggling some things, but not others?
In my current WIP, my hero is a former gentleman who's now an outcast because he was on the wrong side of the political spectrum when the revolution happened. His honor code hasn't changed, but the values that society puts on it has. He's turned to living outside the law out of a desire to bring back what was once good about the world in which he lives.
And of course, who can forget our Favorite Pirate...Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. A few ropes short of a whole rigging outfit, but so full of attitude that what he lacks in sobriety, he makes up for in chutzpah.
But as much as he may exist in an altered state of consciousness, he's got his goal firmly fixed in his mind, and the creative capacity to find new and amusing ways to do it.
One of the central characters of my current WIP (though not the main character on my current WIP, she is slated for a story of her own in the future) has just these traits. She's not exactly a pirate (she's a pilot, though), but she knows what she wants, and can be very...creative...in getting it. And given where she ends up at the end of the first book, she'll have to be. ;)
Pirates, smugglers, revolutionaries, and just plain old rebels. Why do we love them so? You tell me, me hearties.