I will be your guide on this ongoing tutorial on Writing Your own Book. I have learnt a great deal of things over years on how to Write Your Book and would like to share it with you. Lessons focus on both character-creation and the story-driven aspects of Book Writing as well as the practicalities of making text in to an art form, and imagination into reality.
Write Your Book: Act 11- Normal Powers or…
are some things that I think American Comics do better at than Manga, and that
is the establishment of super powers.
Comics seem to delve into the mythos of these powers. They may manifest
themselves abruptly and implausibly, e.g. from nuclear power plant explosions,
but as long as there is some sort of explanation I’m happy.
are many examples where Manga does not try to justify their peculiar story
settings and character. They can have a whole of school of ninjas, samurais,
martial artists, psychics, sorcerers, super geniuses etc. without offer so much
as where they came from. Sure, swordplay is embedded in Japanese culture but it
seems improbable that their samurais can perform aerial acrobats and slice
through rock. There should be a limit to exaggeration. Furthermore, Manga’s
concentration of super powers, more often than not makes them not so super. All
I’m asking is for super powers to be used sparingly. What’s special should stay
special… if that makes any sense…
Man is not a Manga, but there is something to be learnt from the movie’s depiction
of super powers. Iron Man is no more than a man in a high-tech suit, yet the
process of building and acquiring such powers makes the story believable. On
many levels, Iron Man is only as strong as the man inside the suit. Super
powers and supervillians need a humble beginning. The audience need answers. Unless,
a fantasy world is developed and elaborated to perfection, it needs some ground
not saying we can’t have an underground sect of magical, shape-shifting, super aliens
whom plot to enslave the human race. You can, but the following questions need
Write Your Book: Question of Power
did they come from?
do they have powers?
did they arrive on Earth? Have they always been there? If so, how come they have
yet to successfully dominat the surface world?
did this secret sect come to be? How has it remained a secret for this long?
are these creatures hell-bent on antagonising humans? What do they hope to
did the humans first learn of this ‘secret’ sect?
are the humans doing to combat this threat? How have they managed to fend
against this invasion for so long?
it possible that the humans have powers too?
…And so the questions go on…
powers have limitless potential and can make for a very interesting read. But
as they say: “With great powers, comes great responsibility”. (Write your Book) 52U3HXMKZ5UU