Imaginary Worlds

Posted on 29 August 2011

The Avengers is filming in downtown Cleveland. Aside from some street closures and the extra crowds of people who’ve come downtown to watch the filming, this doesn’t mean a whole lot to me. Except today, when I headed out to an early-morning writing spot and ended up with a view of one of the sets. As I write this, I’m staring out at fake storefronts, New York taxis, cameras and cranes and directors’ chairs.

Sometimes I forget what’s going on out there. I get immersed in my writing and then look up and see all this activity outside. I leave one imaginary world and dive right into another.

Watching all that goes into shooting just one scene also reminds me that writing takes no special equipment. There are computers, of course, but we don’t technically need those. What really matters is the words and the order in which we put them down on the page. It’ s a lot less expensive and messy and glamorous than making movies, but here I am.

Who’s your favorite superhero?

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8 responses to Imaginary Worlds

  • Averil Dean says:

    Wonder Woman. A star-spangled dominatrix with a truth lasso, bullet-deflecting jewelry and a badass pair of boots. What’s not to admire?

    (And congratulations on your blurb(s)! I can’t tell you how excited I am to see all these good things happening for you. Go on, Brunhilde!)

  • Paul says:

    Atticus Finch.

  • Lyra says:

    Batman. I know, I know, I really tried to come up with a woman, but being that my six year old reads comics non-stop, I hate the way most women are depicted.
    They’re strong, but yet there is always something where they are waiting for the man/superhero to complete them.

    So, Batman. Pissed off, very cool toys, trying so hard to do the right thing but not above a vendetta. I need a Batman that’s a woman, not some silly spin-off like Batgirl.

    Although if we stretch “Superhero” a bit, I’d say Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars Clone Wars.

    Laura, between my my superhero/kid sci fi/Doctor Who obsessions, how am I supposed to get any writing done??

  • Downith says:

    Nic Perring has a new book coming out called Freaks (co-written with Caroline Smailes). It’s about people with real or imagined superpowers. One of them is “The Photocopier” – a “mum who can duplicate herself at will”. Yes please.

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