Ahoy there readers! Today on The Overweight Bookshelf I am pleased to welcome author, blogger, and pirate expert Serena Chase. Serena is celebrating the release of The The Seahorse Legacy, the third book in her scintillating Eyes of E’veria series. Be sure to enter the wonderful giveaways that Serena has put together for you all. Read my review here (Preview: ORDER THIS SERIES NOW!).
Serena Chase lives in Iowa with her husband, two teen daughters, and one very spoiled (but really adorable) dog, Albus. A frequent contributor to USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog, she also writes for Edgy Inspirational Romance. Serena has served as a youth leader for high school students at her church, coaches her local high school’s Color Guard, and drinks entirely too much coffee between these and her daughters’ activities.
“Pirates as Heroes” by Serena Chase
Historically speaking, pirates are villains, and although their tactics and equipment have evolved over the past couple of centuries, pirates still terrorize modern ocean-going vessels. Even knowing this, even seeing evidence of their villainy in our history textbooks, news reports, and portrayed in films such as Captain Phillips, popular culture has romanticized the idea of the pirate and has, in some cases, even elevated pirates to hero status.
I’ll be honest: I love pirates as heroes and a lot of my favorite movies and television shows feature pirate or pirate-like heroes. Robin Hood was a bit of a pirate, though he operated in the English countryside instead of upon the seas. The same could be said of Captain Malcolm Reynolds, as portrayed by Nathan Fillion in Firefly, the short-lived Joss Whedon series. Captain Mal’s ship Serenity travelled through space rather than water, but Mal and his crew of “pirate” space cowboys (quite the genre mix, eh?) were willing to do any job for the right price, and even the most unsavory tasks they undertook usually resulted in some sort of unintentional heroism. More traditionally, we have pirates who are proud to be labeled as such; sailors like Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean), The Dread Pirate Roberts (The Princess Bride), Captain Shakespeare (Stardust), and more recently, Captain Killian “Hook” Jones on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, a pirate whose presence revived a series that seemed to be floundering before he sailed into Storybrooke on the Jolly Roger. There are pirates a plenty in pop culture, but what is it that makes screenwriters—and authors like me—want to romanticize these violent thieves?
Obviously, there is a certain “bad boy” charm these guys possess, and that can be attractive to a romance or adventure novelist. Their lifestyle seems to sing of danger and freedom at once. Fictional pirate heroes are generally handsome, in a dangerous sort of way, and quite charming with the ladies. They’re quick with a clever comeback and aces with weaponry of all kinds. They are stealthy and can be rather arrogant, too; but although we might be annoyed by their brand of arrogance in a “normal” land-bound acquaintance, it tends to endear these daring pirate-types and their dark-but-heroic hearts to us even more.
Cazien de Pollis is just such a hero, and, I hope, a little bit more. For one, he’s violent. With a subtle nod of his head, Cazien can command the slitting of a throat. Second, he’s a thief. With only a glance, he can catalog the value of a young lady’s jewels. He’s charming, of course, too. With only a wink, he can make a lady’s knees go weak. But while there is no denying Cazien is a bad-boy, he has a heart for justice and an inborn, undeniable duty to see that justice accomplished.
Ah, yes. There is just something about this particular pirate hero that I cannot help but adore. And I’m not the only one.
Cazien was only a minor character in The Ryn and The Remedy, but even though he appeared in only a spare handful of scenes in those books, readers fell in love with this ornery young pirate. I can’t say as I blame them. He is a rather charming pirate—and a hero, too, even when he doesn’t want to be. I certainly hope he lives up to their expectations now that he is more fully realized in The Seahorse Legacy.
Among the pirate-like heroes I mentioned above, who is your favorite? Can you think of others?
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