Johnny Maxwell. King of the Unchosen.
I haven’t read these books in years. In fact these books tend to be pushed to the back of my head even though I really enjoyed them, smothered beneath a thick layer of Discworld joy. However I stumbled across Johnny’s entry in this wiki and I felt inspired to write about him. Why? Because he is so unremarkable. It’s remarkable how unremarkable he is. Abnormally normal, if you will. Which in terms of literature is rare.
Buffy, Aang, Harry, Percy, Anikin, Arthur, Beowulf, Sabriel, Ender. The Chosen One
is a dime a dozen in the media. And there is a reason for that. I think that in a world where you regularly see people with bits coming off them on TV it’s nice to sit back and think that there is someone special out there who will take care of things while we sit back on the sofa and grow fat. Johnny, on the other hand is the quintessential Unchosen One
. He’s not the smartest, not the toughest, not the sassiest, or the most determined. He’s nice, he’s friendly and he worries a bit but they just add to the fact he is nothing special. In fact out of him and his friends Johnny is the character that I have the most trouble picturing in my mind’s eye. He just so... average. And yet he just does what he thinks needs to be done, because no one else will. That is far more challenging because if this staggeringly normal kid can do that, why the hell aren’t we? I only figured this out today.
And yet look at what he does. Instead of being that irritating little git that goes “This is impossible!” and takes half the book to convince this is really going on, he rolls up his sleeves and gets to work. When the aliens in his videogame surrender he treats them like POW’s. He campaigns for the land rights of the dead in his local cemetery. He saves his friend when he gets trapped back in WWI. Johnny Maxwell. Getting shit done. In fact it’s a CV The Doctor would be proud of.
Can someone send the TARDIS their resume? there has to be a compainion short list.
Now if you excuse me, I have to go and find where I put ‘’Only You can Save Mankind’’. It has to be somewhere.