Yeah going to scare the newbies off.
http://www.penciljack.com/forum/show...97#post1250697 for those who want to take up the discussion of story templates.
Ugga, hope I'm reading you right here, but this is just some on-the-fly stuff.
Protagonist has a wife and two children. One child is an overachiever, top marks and all that. The other is conventionally troubled, into drugs and hanging out with the wrong crowd. The overachiever is following his father's footsteps seeking positive attention, the loser is seeking negative attention, both aren't getting it.
He has a job and he's well respected in his field. In fact, he is a pioneer in chemical applications research. Nobody thinks he's a stereotypical crackpot, or a mad scientist, or anything like that. His colleagues admire him for his dedication. They applaud him in his triumphs and sympathize with his failures. This would be in contrast to when he becomes a superhero; when he has his greatest successes most people never even notice him, and when he fails he is a pariah, and he's always the target of demagogues.
Okay next lets work on
2. they receive the CALL TO ADVENTURE
3. They are RELUCTANT at first or REFUSE THE CALL, but
4. are encourage by the MENTOR to
Note that step 3 is not essential. Some hero's (Luke Skywalker) could not wait to go on the adventure, though others were reluctant and tried to prevent him from going. Out.
a. what is the call to adventure
b. do they refuse the call somehow
c. who is the mentor
d. how does the mentor encourage them.
I just found this thread-- Sorry if I take it off track a bit...
I thought the angle was the Hero out away from family fighting crime too much? I don't think a chemist would really have time to fight crime. Unless our hero is only a scientist and this isn't a superhero comic? He should have a job that he can do easily or hide from.
Also, the father being "the perfect hero" to live up to is a good idea, but early in the thread the great idea of Father & Mother being perfect heroes was said. What if family problems come up because his wife isn't like his mother, or stops being a hero to raise kids? Could be a slow breakdown of his ideology of perfect.
well, what we want is a scenario where the hero is perfectionist in his real world. This causes him problems in his ordinary world. There is an inciting incident of some sort where (Like the obtaining of powers, or somesuch), and perhaps a villain that must be destroyed, that will force him to deal with this head on.
I don't care if he is a chemist. However a chemist does work, because he has special skills and abilities (see Breaking Bad).
If we are going to go the route of earlier in the thread, then his ordinary world can be that of a superhero crimefighter within a crimefighting institution.
Doesn't matter to me.