The Red Pen of Doom just posted about the Invincible Hero Problem and he included this video:

Please watch it. Too funny and it clearly shows why Superman –  Man of Steel failed for this viewer.

Now, the next rule…

Rule #21

For those of you new to my blog, I am going through Emma Coats’ Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules. For a list of earlier posts, check out my Tips page.

Without further delay, here’s the second to last ‘rule’:


You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can’t just write ‘cool.’ What would make you act that way?

Doesn’t that just remind you of something? Like, maybe, my last post about Superman – Man of Steel?

During all those epic fight scenes, not once did Superman stop to gnash his teeth over the fact that thousands were dying. Well, yeah, there were the chosen few strategically located for dramatic effect, and yes we all understood he had to fight the aliens lest we all die, but seriously – the cool factor far outweighed whatever the character(s) might feel. Consequently, it is difficult to identify with our hero.

How might we had better relate if the scriptwriters had shown why he would go to such lengths?

Until next time, dig deeper and keep writing (or take a rest if you are coming off the NaNoWriMo high).