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Saturday, November 17, 2012

How Super is your Hero?



Ok, I’ll begin by saying - how awesome is my photo for this blog?  The moment I saw it, the wheels started turning.  Slow, curious, that’s-the-hottest-picture-I’ve-seen-since-Chris-Hemsworth wheels.  I couldn’t help it . . . there is just something about this photo that appeals to both my nerdy side and the swooning romantic that exist somewhere among the many facets of my inner female psyche. 

Best part . . . this is a photo of a guy I know, Darrell.  I batted my eyelashes and promised hoards of swooning women if he let me use it for my blog.  Oddly enough, he laughed.  I’m not so sure he believed me.  I swooned.  That’s one swooning woman anyway and since I have hoards of female characters rattling around in my mind, I think that would count as multiple swoons.  So there.  Oh . . . and I will be using Darrell later as an example, but first . . .
Back to the topic - Superheroes.

I admit, I’ve been on a superhero kick since Ironman came out.  Let's face it, Tony Stark/Ironman is a well written character.  But what does Tony have to do with his alter ego?  Well, what any man would really.  You see, the other day I came across an article (while hanging out waiting for an appointment) about men and superheroes.  According to Cosmo, the superhero a man tends to prefer says a lot about him.  I didn’t get to finish the article (yes, I contemplated asking the receptionist if I could take it with me, but I opted against it solely on the principle of being caught with a Cosmo in my possession), but it did spark a question or two.  I’ve never been one to scour the pages of Cosmo for advice on men – pretty sure Cosmo can’t help with the issues most of us have with men anyway – but I think they were on to something here. 

What can a guy’s preference for heroes tell us about him?

Let’s take Darrell, for example (yes, I will likely hear about this from Darrell later).  I happen to know for a fact that Superman is, indeed, Darrell’s favorite superhero.  So, what does that say about Darrell? 

Well . . . since Superman is the archetypical “nice guy” and a guy who  digs the Man of Steel usually has the same traits, it says that Darrell is most likely loyal, steadfast and inclined to believe that people are essentially good.  He’ll be there, ready to save the day if needed.  Oh . . . and he probably has a thing for women with a penchant for curiosity who love to write (I could be a Lois Lane, no problem).
So, while I may not need Darrell to save me from a burning building any time soon (although this is me – there’s no telling what I could get into and be in need of rescuing from) it does give me some insight into what makes him tick, maybe even tock. 

If he were more of a Batman kinda guy, I’d tend to think he would be a bit of a loner, prone to not letting people get too close to him and therefore only date superficial Barbie types who couldn’t hold a meaningful conversation if someone spoke for them. 
The Hulk?  Hmmm . . . maybe he lets his emotions get the better of him (or he’s just bi-polar . . . it could go either way).

My point is this.  If you want to delve a little deeper into the character you are writing – hero or not – try thinking about which superhero would be his (or her) alter ego.  Whom would he/she mimic if push came to shove?  (You could also turn the tables and use the super villain thought process on your antagonist)

I’d love to hear what superhero YOU would choose as your alter ego!  Or, you could just comment on Darrell’s photo.  After all . . . I did promise him swooning.

 

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38 comments:

  1. I am way to busy swooning to answer the question. Just sayin;)

    delphinareadstoomuch at yahoo

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  2. ^^Agree with Delphina! This is a very swoon-worthy picture!
    thereforyou.melissa@gmail.com

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  3. Very swoonworthy! And all the more swoonworthy because he doesn't believe he is! He can rescue me any day.

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    1. I'll be sure to pass along the invitation...lol.

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  4. Definitely very swoonworthy. I agree with you Bridgette - there is something about the whole smart and sexy combo. Can't help but like it.

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    1. I know, right? VERY attractive combination.

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  5. Okay, so I’m just a guy, but I’m also a lifelong superhero fan. Growing up, my favorite superheroes were Iron Man and Spiderman, but I’ve added the Dark Knight Batman since then. As to the photo: Way cool!
    I know my wife, Lori, would love it if I did that.
    Now, if I could convince Lori to do a similar Wonder Woman-related photo, I’d be in heaven. *wink*

    Go ahead, guys! Put on YOUR superhero look!
    Jaz
    http://jazprimo.com

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    1. I read somewhere that the new comics being put out have Superman & Wonder Woman as an "item"...sounds like you should suggest that for Halloween next year for you & Lori. Just tryin' to help you out. ::grin::

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  6. Epic swoon worthiness right there! Agree with Moira, smart and sexy...and not to mention the "man of steel"!

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    1. ROTFL...Spring, girl, you crack me up. Man of Steel, ummm...I'm gonna leave that alone for the time being. LOL

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    2. Man of Steel....

      So I drive across country to go to a convention with my father, but he flies. He tells me TSA had him open his fly, while I'm snickering fit to burst my eardrums and thinking of all the 'hot rod' 'men of steel' 'mighty sword' 'balls of steel' things you Just Can't Say because you're a woman talking to your DAD!

      Back to the topic -- Oh Sir Super Swoon, if you're bustin' out of your clothes some more anytime soon, would you at least take the tape off your webcam (you look that kinda shy a la Clark Kent) and post your I.P somewhere nice? Like, say, on a piece of paper used like a fig leaf? I swear I'm happily married, but now that I'm 50, and this is the Modern Age when women can actually say they like what they like, I wouldn't mind seein' me some menz lounging in their native habitats....

      ;D

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  7. Call me crazy...but the tie makes the look. /love

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    1. Not crazy AT ALL! It's all about the details.

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  8. Great picture! Much better than Christopher Reeves if you ask me.

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  9. I think your hero looks swoonworthy. I had to laugh about comparing our heroes to super heroes. I think my heroine in the sytycw2012 comp calls hero Daniel a mild mannered man of steel. So you may be onto something here.

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    1. Thanks Fi! I write paranormal...so my heroes tend to have the superhero characteristics more than most, however...EVERY man has a little superhero lingering in there. Some just show it more readily than others.

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  10. Delphina LOL! :) Darrell is definitely swoonworthy! You have my complete agreement :)

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    1. Thanks Jen! I tried to tell him...maybe he'll believe me now. ;)

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  11. Swoon-worthy indeed. And nice post by the way ;)

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  12. PS I love a superhero hero - have you checked out Arrow?!

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  13. Oh lord, there's something about a man opening his shirt....
    And then he's got the Superman logo, looking like he's pulled kittens out of house fires with a few smudge-like areas....
    And then he's got that facial hair, short enough to hint that he MUST be civilized and shave it on occasion, but long enough to admit that he'd rather be free of social restraints....
    Oh gawd, what's with those big, strong hands, gripping the seams? Why am I looking at them?
    Oh man, why am I so hot? I'm too young to be going through the change....

    *falls over*

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  14. *fans herself* Swoon-worthy indeed! Nice picture! :)

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  15. Whew!!!! Sizzling!!!! Who wouldn't swoon for this hero!!!!

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    1. Betty...I can't imagine who wouldn't. Really. I can't.

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  16. I must say, that is a fine, fine shot. While I can't be true to myself and still swoon all in the same sentence, that shot is CERTAINLY swoon-worthy - so there, Darrel! So there!

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    1. Yeah, Darrell. What Morgann said. So there. ;)

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  17. I think its very sexy to remove the shirt and tie to find the strength underneath! Very SEXY!

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    1. Well put, Elizabeth. Well put, indeed.

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  18. Def. swoon-worthy! We all need a Superhero! I totally dig the glasses :)

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  19. Swoon-worthy - definitely. Superman - definitely. Have to love a man of steel.

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  20. I love the sly glance to the side, as if to say, "This is our little secret..."

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  21. I like the strong silent type. Strong arms to hold you, whispers in your ear lovingly....sigh. roya-clan@sbcglobal.net

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  22. Very mysterious looking to the side....I like :)

    josiehink122026@gmail.com

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