The Final Chapter – 4 Ways to View Powered Protagonists

This article is the fifth in a five part series dealing with the pitfalls and advantages of creating superpowered characters. Parts One, Two, Three, and Four may be read here, here, here, and here. Well, here we are, in the fifth part of this series on the pitfalls and advantages of creating superpowered characters! Previously … Continue reading The Final Chapter – 4 Ways to View Powered Protagonists

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Of Limits and Strengths – What Does It Mean for a Hero to “Have the Power?”

This article is the fourth in a five part series dealing with the pitfalls and advantages of creating super powered characters. Parts One, Two, and Three may be read here, here, and here. When the topic of empowered protagonists comes up, it is almost universally stated that the characters’ superior abilities must be limited somehow. … Continue reading Of Limits and Strengths – What Does It Mean for a Hero to “Have the Power?”

Cursed Characters: How Powered Protagonists Are Viewed within Their Worlds

This article is the third in a five part series dealing with the pitfalls and advantages of creating superpowered characters. Parts One and Two may be read here and here. So far we have covered two items that should be considered by authors when they are creating empowered heroes. These aspects are handicaps and whether or … Continue reading Cursed Characters: How Powered Protagonists Are Viewed within Their Worlds

Handicapped Heroes: How to Weaken or Hinder Powered Protagonists

This article is the second in a five part series dealing with the pitfalls and advantages of creating superpowered characters. Part One may be read here. Last week, we discussed whether or not superpowers can make a character in speculative fiction a hero. Having satisfactorily answered that question, we turn to a different topic. This … Continue reading Handicapped Heroes: How to Weaken or Hinder Powered Protagonists

Powered Protagonists: Does the Power Make the Hero, or Vice Versa?

This article is the first in a five part series dealing with the pitfalls and advantages of creating superpowered characters. Alexander Hellene over at Amatopia published a thought-provoking article last year. It revolved around creating characters that have superpowers, and it caught my attention because this is an aspect of storytelling which has fascinated me for years. … Continue reading Powered Protagonists: Does the Power Make the Hero, or Vice Versa?

In Defense of Happy Endings – Are They Unreal, or Are They the Ultimate Reality?

Alex over at Amatopia published a very interesting article a month or so ago. In it, he made mention of a topic that has occupied my mind on and off for several years: the modern conception of happy endings in fiction. In his piece, Alex rightly points out how finales where the heroes and heroines … Continue reading In Defense of Happy Endings – Are They Unreal, or Are They the Ultimate Reality?

The Three Types of Heroine: A Closer Study of What Makes a Strong Female Protagonist, Part 3

This article is the third in a three part series dealing with the three types of female heroines available to writers. Parts One and Two may be read here and here. Adding to the conversation on “How Do You Create Strong Female Leads,” ridersofskaith posted this insightful comment: “the Strong Female Character (TM) is someone … Continue reading The Three Types of Heroine: A Closer Study of What Makes a Strong Female Protagonist, Part 3