Today I would like to welcome author, Ella Dane, who is joining us with the anthology - Holding Out For A Hero!
If you do a quick search online, you’ll find a variety of quizzes to find out which superhero your personality most compares to. I tried one and it came back with Superman, which I find kind of funny because he’s one of my favorite superheroes. Traits or qualities that matched me to Superman were: mild-mannered, good, strong, and love to help others.
That’s all fine and dandy, but it takes a bit more than that to be a good superhero. So I asked, what makes a good superhero? Is it the strength and power? Ability and skill? Morality or costume? While I love a great costume as much as the next person, I think there’s one element that makes all the best superheroes, well, the best. Humanity. It’s in the flaws and weaknesses and shortcomings they need to overcome, just like all of us every day people. Sure, not anyone can wield a flaming whip and throw fireballs, like our heroine in Scarlett Fever, but unless there’s something deeper driving that ability its just all flash.
A good superhero, in my opinion, not only possesses a variety of super abilities, but they also possess compassion and empathy and humility. If they didn’t have those qualities then the moral compass that guides our true heroes would likely be inaccurate. And what happens when the compass is off course? You get your villains, and really, you can’t have a superhero without a supervillain.
In Scarlett Fever, one of four stories in the superhero anthology HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO, our two heroes possess several talents, abilities, and skills from Scarlett’s command of fire and Blade’s powers to actually turn himself into a weapon, but they also have those few but powerful qualities to make them that little bit more. Scarlett is instinctual and reactionary, which can and does make her jump right into the thick of things before looking at all the angles. Blade on the other hand, is more reserved and logical thinking. He weighs all the pros and cons before he takes action. Together the two have to overcome their shortcomings in order to save the day. And Plunketville, Oklahoma.
I’d love to hear from you. What do you think makes a great superhero, and which superhero do you think you’re most like?
Entangled Publishing is giving away an ecopy of the anthology (PDF or ePub only) to one reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this post answering Ella's question: What do you think makes a great superhero, and which superhero do you think you’re most like? and then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!
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