||Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, "Stop"
Hi there. I was encouraged to join here. (And to post this rant!)
I love the Marauders. I'm a big Sirius Black fangirl, and I ship Sirius/Remus. I get terribly happy whenever Sirius or Remus pops up in the books, and I've been known to squeal a little.
However, I like them as they are. Not as the perfect, flawless, "OMGSOSEXY" icons that the fandom's created. I like Sirius Black. I like him as an insecure, bullying ass who can't decided whether he's living in the past or the present, who expects his dead best friend's kid to be just like his daddy, who can't cope with not getting things just the way he wants 'em. I like Remus Lupin. I like him as the quiet guy who KNOWS what his friends do is wrong but just doesn't have it in 'im to say so. I like James Potter. I like that he's arrogant and kind of a bully. I like that we've got protagonists who have these issues. I LIKE that these are our "good guys".
I like that Sirius died because of his own arrogance. Sure, I'm disappointed that he's gone, because I won't get to see him in the future books, continuing to nance around with his issues and his ego, but you know, it's not /my/ story. It's Rowling's. Of course, I've borrowed a few of her characters, and they hang out over in my head a lot, but I'm not claiming ownership. And I'm certainly not going to get upset at /her/ for what's happening to them.
Which brings me to another point. Sometimes it's inevitable. Sometimes a character just /has to die/, no matter how much you like them. I have personal experience with this. Taiken of Aerydath? Splat, bye-bye soul. Lance of Esgoth? Whoosh! He's a martyr! Roe Kannon? BANG! Messy, unpleasant death. Half my SOF agents, blown sky high. It makes me sad, sure, but sometimes it's just inevitable.
Stop wishing Padfoot home. Stop ripping page 806 out of your books. This is not Sirius Black's story, it's Harry Potter's.
And a good character is never perfect.