I’m participating in the DIY MFA Book Club this month, and one of our daily prompts asks us to consider our Storytelling Superpower.
I took the Storytelling Superpower quiz at the DIY MFA site, and after a few quick questions, it told me my result is The Protector.
“Your superpower is writing superheroes!”
This means my characters tend to be self-sacrificing and selfless (even to the point of martyrdom…). They have a strong sense of duty and “superhuman fortitude.” They strive to protect the people and things they love. It gives Scarlett O’Hara, James Bond, and Iron Man as examples.
I had never thought of my writing this way! For the result of a goofy little quiz, it does seem to fit my characters pretty well.
I love superheroes of all kinds. I see superhero comics as a kind of modern mythology, a reflection of cultural aspirations and values. Even though I’m drawn to grey characters, I don’t write a lot of them (at least not yet…). Most of my characters have a Lawful Good bent, which I think mostly goes along with the superhero concept.
My last NaNoWriMo project is a great example of this; it features a healer who’s trying to free the spirit of a goddess (while possibly losing herself in the process), and a gladiator-turned-personal bodyguard who gets sucked into her quest. They may have different reasons for doing what they do, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are both Protectors in their own way.
At first, I thought that another NaNoWriMo project, Ash and Team, threw a wrench in this scheme. However, although the titular characters Ash and Team don’t really fit this superhero mold, the narrator Meg does. Meg is Team’s older sister and a friend of Ash, a protector to them both. Way back when I started conceptualizing the retelling, it wasn’t until I looked through her perspective that the story really took shape. She’s really the heart of the story, despite not being the “main” character.