With the growing hole in the ozone, the devastating aftermath of the natural disasters and all the other ills this world seems to have it is clear that our way of life in general has gotten to the point where something is just not right. It may feel right to some of us because we have gotten used to the way our society works. We like the relative ease of it all. Others of us will feel a slight niggle telling us that something is not right.
We do not have to walk up hill 20 miles in a blizzard just to get to school or to work like older generations tell us they used to have to do. We don’t have to walk very far at all to get to anywhere. We have cars and public transport for that. We all know this is bad for our health and for the environment but most of us carry on using them. Why? Because it is easier!
Relatively speaking we want for very little. I have over ten pairs of footwear. Considering there are only five days in a week even I admit this is excessive especially since most of them I might only wear a handful of times in the course of a year. And don’t even get me started on the state of my two children’s bedrooms. The excess in there is just appalling! If something is broken some of us may try to fix it but many of us will just throw it away and go out and buy another one. Again we add to the downfall of our planet but we like our stuff so we carry on amassing things.
What is the point of this little rant? What does it have to do with writing?
A while back I was working on a book where a handful of youths from all over the world were chosen to come together for the common good of the planet. The thing is I had given these characters each a special super power. I got about halfway through writing the book and stopped because it was starting to remind me a bit of the X-Men but with a younger more environmentally friendly crowd. Which leads me to the question does the world need another superhero?
I still want to do a book about kids helping fix the world for future generations but do the kids need to be heroes?
Love it or hate it vampire genre is still going strong. The Vampire Diaries television show star Ian Somerhalder has his own foundation which supports animal welfare and helps the planet. The ISF is quite popular and is doing some good work with the money it is raising but Ian Somerhalder is the thing that makes it work. He is not a superhero but being a star doesn’t hurt.
My characters all had fantastic background stories. They were interesting in their own right without their powers. So as I have just dug this story out again I may rewrite it and see what happens if they are just ordinary kids that care. If this becomes the book that moves me on from being a writer to an author perhaps then it will inspire other kids to make a difference as well. What do you think?