Today, I come to the Ning to present a difficult decision.
I'm writing a book with this decision as the main plotline, and I'd like to know how people may react to it. As I'm not going to reveal a great deal about my yet-to-be-finished book, I'm going to keep it vague.
You see, there is a man who puts together an organization, and this organization revolves around killing. But specifically, killing off predjudiced, and unintelligent people. And it does not matter in the slightest if this predjudiced person is nice to their favored or if the unintelligent had no means to education; they are simply to be killed if they fail to meet his requirements,
So, I ask, would ou support this man, as someone working to cleanse the population of its flaws and begin an era of peaceful, intelligent people, or would you be against him, as a man who is killing off millions of living, breathing, thinking people?
Would you stand by and let this man do as he pleases, so long as no blood is shed by your hand?
If you are religious, what does this mean to you? Could you rewrite yourself as he demolishes the foundations of worship, or would you rise against him in the name of your lord?
:EDIT: I guess I may have neglected to mention that this guy is the bad guy. The main character is a mentally unstable orphan girl who thinks she knows it all about the world because she's oh-so-tough but really she's pretty clueless. Anyways, she gets drawn in by the thought of legally killing people, only she starts to realize that it's not as great as she planned, and that writing and commiting murder are two completely different things, and the guy turns out to be this giant selfish bastard yadda yadda yadda and, well, she eventually kills him. I'm going for an apocalyptic-type setting, where this is sort of 2012. The guy goes too far, screws things up, and people start to revolt from the inside.
From what I told you, I think I may have made it seem like he's the protagonist, which he most certainly is not.
I know they don't! I'm not saying they should. And I know that the world is very complicated, and that's what makes the entire story; the protagonist realizing that people, no matter who, are not one sided, and that what the man is doing is wrong.
there's a point to him not caring about educational background; that's what begins the public upset. It's what starts making his soldiers skeptical, what sends people into resistance. The guy is supposed to be an arrogant bastard; like a future Hitler of sorts.
Oh! I wasn't trying to say that you think that anybody deserved to die. Apparently today I am offending people a lot :/
I was just pointing out the character flaw(not saying you should fix it...all characters need flaws). I enjoy the general idea of your novel, I really hope it gets published so I can read it. I have an obsession with worlds like that, where one person is the leader and they're kinda crazy and stuff. It makes for an interesting, and sometimes very sad, story.
Oh, no, it's okay. ^^;
And thank you, I, too(obviously) love novels like that.
Okey, I'm just gonna blurb out something.... I think you should paint a really gritty picture of what the world has come to in order to explain how that mad man would end up with a cart blanche to kill off all the unwanted elements. At least some referance to it, if not in detail... I have some suggestions... they are not original, just my personal outlook for the future...
On the top off my head it should happen somewhat between 2030-50. The UN millenium goal has been a complete failure, leaving us with a world were at least 6 billion people are left desperatily poor and uneducated. The stiffled global economy is only kept limpering on with the injection of ever new and creative short term stim packages, and the rich and powerfull are always negotiating and back-stabbing each other under the table in order to grab a hold of as much leftovers as they possibly can.
Europe is crippled under social unrest and anti-globalistic nationalism spout up everywhere. Many govenrments have already buckled under, and with no exeptions have the new ones denounced the EU. Security is tight, and scitzophrenic parania is imminent in all circles of power.
China is also battling social unrest. The gap between rich and poor have become too large, and while the government is busy blaming America, the bling and extravagance of the newrich chinese elite is there for all to see, and the government crack-downs are only making it worse...
India has collapsed under the weight of it's own population and can no longer support it's more than 2 billion people.
The Middle East is as fucked up as ever, with critical water shortages to boot.
Japan have basically sealed itself from the rest of the world. While still managing to stuff the worlds markets with technological gadgets somewhat..., they are also trying to salvage the remnants of the failed interantional fusion reactor experiments, in order to solve their own critical energy crisis once and for all.
As global resources are dwindling, the US is strong-arming the fragmented world to get to the remaining resources first. As always, winning over the electorate for four years at a time is what matters in Washington, and if screwing the rest of the world in order to get what the americans want, so be it. After all it's not your fault the world is what it is, not really... Noone of significance seem to care that voters are more and more staying home during elections. And grass root movements are constantly being ridiculed by the media, looking accross the pond for further referance. All in all, with exeption of the ever soaring gas-prizes, have the reality of a strip barren and depleted world not really taken foothold over the american public at large. Life is still pretty good, and you still see america as the last remaining hope, and the rest of the world is a cancer that needs to be dealt with.
As global warming and poverty ravage the 3rd world like never before seen, 3 billion is constanly on the move. The migrating hordes are trying to get into whatever functioning society they can reach, but they are not welcome. There's no will to have them and there's no room...
In this kind of environment I see it likely that a drastic and evil solution is endorsed by people who fear to loose what they know and what have.