Be warned: Saga is a traumatic read. Not only are there a lot of major character deaths a la Game of Thrones, but the characters endure and work through some heavy topics and heartbreaking moments. Drug abuse, PTSD, religious fanaticism and LQBTQ rights are some issues explored in stark detail throughout Saga. Because of that, reading Saga feels like watching the news as some of the worst aspects of humanity are put on display at times, but there are no soundbites, just characters learning to cope.
Gee, wonder what kind of religious fanatics could those be in the story? It’s doubtful they’ve written up any criticism of Islam, that’s for sure. So, we must assume Judeo-Christianity is the complaint made by Saga in that regard. And why must everybody simply learn coping, but not how to overcome?
Maybe even more bewildering:
There are no heroes and villains in Saga. Villains rescue people from slavery. Heroes shoot and kill bystanders. Characters trying to survive make horrible choices. Afterward, we are left to consider that maybe everyone has the capacity to be a hero and a villain? Perhaps those terms are outdated and need to be reevaluated.
If there’s no distinction made between good and bad (except for maybe any attacks made on the aforementioned Judeo-Christian religions), what good is this tale? Let us be clear. When it comes to those we consider heroes, of course in real life, even some heroes do have flaws and disappointing moments. But if this book can’t emphasize why it’s worth admiring the good one can do in life, then it’s making the same mistake as countless other stories passing for pastimes these days: mimicking the mainstream news channels on TV instead of focusing on entertainment value and merit. And maybe it’s better not to sell the audience on trauma?
Why don’t these modern PC scribes ever consider that?
Originally published here.