1. To use the faggy colloquialism, "This, fucking this"! That bothers me in a lot of other stories, too. Something bizarre and unexpected happens to the everyman hero, tearing him from his peaceful life and thrusting him into a story. So immediately, he focuses on survival knowledge he suddenly always had, he shoots to kill (with maybe a "Omg i just killed! oh noooo uwu these hands have sinned… Fuck it time to stop being a lil bitch and start being kewl!" scene afterwards but don't count on it) focuses on surviving and moving the plot along, he never hesitates or makes mistakes some newbie in that situation would actually make, and he's only allowed to be a retarded fucking casual way in over his head who annoys the "hardened veterans" of this story outside of combat where he's in no real danger. Well he's never in danger but you know what I mean.
The stories where a guy cries for a bit about having to leave his peaceful life behind, then enters survival mode mentally are a bit better but it should be a constant struggle. People don't just magically develop the coping mechanisms necessary to deal with this shit overnight. Some people never develop the mechanisms and think it's a matter of being born tough enough or not tough enough. Keeping hope alive is hard, especially in bad times. I've been through enough of them to know that. It's not like the fantasy where Ninjas kidnap everyone you care about and give you a reason to stop being a boring human in an NPC mask and start being cool.
There was this one movie, Knight and Day. Some hot babe gets dragged into an action movie hero's bullshit, so he drags her screaming ass through adventures. At one point he puts her under for a while and does cool shit offscreen, with her waking up every so often. After enough adventuring, she becomes the magic badass and he becomes the guy being put to sleep because reasons. Don't remember the reasons, but I didn't like the film. What, would Hollywood only let someone make a premise about a woman being dragged into James Bond if she toggles God Mode near the end?
2. Makes sense. I only like these scenes when they're doing something for the first time or there's some great intellectual/physical challenge to it. Cooking their first meal, killing their first prey animal for food, building their first crossbow, blowing oxygen into the furnace, de-irradiatPost too long. Click here to view the full text.