Monday, January 2, 2012

Book Ideas

I want to write a book as I made known in my New Years Resolution post.  Somehow I came across some reading material about the super villain, Mister Mxyzptlk.  I think I actually searched for him, I forget my motivations now.  Anyway, the best way that I can describe Mister Mxyptlk (wiki link) is a 5th dimensional trickster.  I don't claim to know much about comic books, I haven't read more than a handful in my lifetime, but this villain interests me.

That eventually got me reading IGN's top 100 Villains, I'm at #58 right now.  For the most part these villains have pretty similar powers, where they become intriguing is their back story.  I found myself liking villains that had more of a plausible (I use plausible in a very loose sense, since I am talking about super villains) back story that gave motivation for their actions.

With the idea that what makes a villain attractive isn't their powers but their motivations.  I think writing a story of how a super villain came into being with special care spent on developing an ethos that is highly believable could make for a good story.  I'm really in the beginning stages, but take any villain you are familiar with and think back to when they were a child.  How did this child grow up into the evil that s/he is as an adult?  The same can be done for superheros, but since they are lasting characters (as opposed to how villains are slain or banished) they have a better developed back story.

Maybe just a story about a modern day villain.  Someone who doesn't have as much destructive power as the comic book ones, but a villain that is locally feared, whatever the locale may be.  I guess my goal would be to create a back story that justifies why the villain is the way s/he is so that the reader is completely sympathetic with the villain despite disapproving the actions.

Think, Kick-Ass, except it never gets outrageous.  What I mean is that I thought that the events were relatively plausible until the jet packs and rocket launchers made their appearances.

I have only a very tenuous idea of my goal, and have no idea how to start the story or how to advance it in a believable manner.  I would love to hear your suggestions!  As always, thanks for your input.


  1. I would say... try to make him less of a villain and more an anthagonist! it always help iof the public can empathyze, I guess

  2. I'm sorry, but I don't know how to start a book, but you should make much mind, maybe while you're relaxing on your couch.

  3. Would love to see what comes out of this!

  4. Thanks Vulcan Raven for the suggestion.

    R, I'm not sure what you mean by your comment. =/

    Thanks for the encouragement InfinitePlans.