Monday, January 23, 2012

I Need a Hero

If you know me, you know that I love a good superhero (or maybe you didn’t know that).

But I’m not the kind of girl who likes your average man/woman in colorful tights, kind of superhero-girl. No. I like a superhero who adds a little twist and turn to their everyday lives. The quirky kind who make people think…or not think (say that part slow, in a menacing voice. Mwa ha ha!)

Take for instance, The Tick. Who needs “new superhero stuff” and uses “battle cries you always admit before leaping into battle.” The Tick is awesome. Funny, a little brainless, and yet, he still eats cereal like every other person.


Or Word Girl (She is so awesome. A superhero who knows her grammar? Beyond Priceless!)

I's a kids show, but the writing is hilarious! 

And last, but not least…the villain who is really the hero, but is the most evilest villain around. *head shaking* (You have to see it to know what I’m talking about.) The writing in this is amazing.
Say it was Horrible. 

The main ingredient in all three of these shows/blogs/episodes is that the writing is fantastic. The characters are fun and they keep the reader wanting more. 

So as I’m editing/revising, I remind myself to keep my characters interesting. Color them up, make them easy to relate to, or give them funny nicknames. Do something to keep your reader in love with your characters.

Any thoughts? What kinds of things do you do to keep your characters interesting? And who's your favorite superhero and why?

Also I'm a part of Sheri Larsen's Writing Rebel's Pledge. I will be back tomorrow with more info. ;)


Shelley Sly said...

I LOVE Dr. Horrible! You're right, very well-written and unconventional in terms of what a hero is/isn't. "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do..."

Susan Oloier said...

I don't know that I have a favorite superhero. I wrote about the Green Lantern in one of my YA novels. Does that count?
Nice post. I'll stop back again tomorrow, too :-)

Susan R. Mills said...

Loved this! And, I'm curious about this Rebel Writer's Pledge.

David P. King said...

My boy woke me up this morning so I could turn Word Girl on for him. The kid is learning his grammar early.

Spider-Man. We relate. Minus the no parents and gene mutation bit. :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

A lot of my characters are based on people I know...then I enhance them or combine them with someone else. I have a story on the back burner right now, but I sent it to a cp and she said I really don't like this character...I was like "winning" she wasn't supposed to like him. (He was the combination of several guys I dated in high school and college.)

Have a great week!

L.T. Elliot said...

Dr. Horrible is my favorite Villain/Hero. =D

Have fun with the Rebel Writer's Pledge!

Al said...

see you tomarrow

Susan Fields said...

I'm not big on superheroes, but the one that comes to mind is Underdog.

Becca said...

You have given me Dr. Horrible, and now I am indebted to you.