People love a story about an underdog who came from nothing rising to the top. They like thinking that making it through hard times builds character. But the flip side of the coin is that sometimes going through hard times destroys character. The same person who knows what it’s like to be hungry, knows what it’s like to steal. That person knows what it’s like to feel powerless and worthless and they will do anything to make sure they never feel that way again. So if it means climbing to the top on the backs of others and trusting no one; so be it. Being poor isn’t glamorous and it sure isn’t noble. You show me someone who pushed their way out of poverty and I’ll show you someone who barely remembers who they used to be…That can be a good thing or a bad thing. It depends on the individual, and who’s telling the story.
Technically this is an opening to a future novel, but what’evs. Your thoughts?