Is this a classic plotline?
A recurring plotline is the "protagonist is put in the position of having to kill a loved one to protect the greater good" - vampire stories do this a lot; it formed the first half of Mr & Mrs Smith; it's also the underpinning for "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold" and I think more than one 007 movie.
Is there a classic novel that is a basis for the concept? Like "Romeo & Juliet" is the impossible love myth, or Les Liaisons Dangereuses originated the "evil corrupts an innocent, only to fall in love" myth...
September 6th, 2006 9:11am
There is the biblical story of Abraham being instructed by GOD to kill his only son.
I don't remember if there was any 'greater good' involved there.
Hm. Similar... Actually the Spy who came in from the Cold story is closer to that than to the vampire plot.
The vampire plot is where a loved one is changed (either actively changed during the story, or at least changed in perception - i.e. an undercover agent revealed) and the protagonist is put in the position of having to destroy them, because there is no redemption.
September 6th, 2006 9:19am
I'm assuming you've already considered "Dracula" :)>
The generic plotline is the protagonist having to choose one greater good (altruistic love) over another (romantic love).
September 6th, 2006 11:15am
George Clooney in Dusk Till Dawn
Banderas in Desperado
September 6th, 2006 12:10pm