If you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want it spoiled don’t read any further.
Without going into too much detail, through a series of events, Walt ends up befriending the neighbor boy (Thao), his sister (Sue), and their Hmong family. Sue sees something good in him and pretty much ignores his racist sentiments. Through this, an odd bond forms between them and by the end of the movie he makes an incredible choice. He knew that Thao would never have a chance to survive the neighborhood with a certain Hmong gang around so he literally sacrificed his life and they were sent to prison. They murdered him in front of witnesses—people who would have been too scared to talk to the police before—but because of what he’d done for the neighborhood, that code of silence was broken. Even though Walt wasn’t a typical hero, he had many layers that were peeled back in each scene. Still, his core attitude didn’t change and I appreciated that b/c PC characters can get boring and if you change a character too much, it becomes unrealistic.
Currently I’m plotting out a story where the heroine is the antithesis of what a heroine should be. I was worried about developing her character but after seeing that movie I’m going to keep moving in the same direction. She won’t be the most likeable woman in the beginning but I hope to pull back all her layers to reveal what makes her tick.
I’ve been trying to think of characters in books who start out as villains but end up as heroes and I’m drawing a complete blank. Anyone have any recommendations? Do you like reading about villains turned into heroes/heroines? What makes a character unredeemable?