When I was growing up, there were a lot of stories about people beating the odds and coming through in spite of insurmountable challenges. In other words, a lot of fictional characters were set up as role models, especially female characters.
As uplifting as these stories are, is it really the role of fiction to set an example? You only have to walk down the city streets to see that not everyone makes it through in the end. Many people get crushed and broken along the way. Personally, I don’t think we need another hero. Those who don’t make it also have a valid story to tell.