Okay, nothing that sounds that serious, but if I’m working on a novel entitled Critical, why miss such an opportunity?
I’m about two-thirds of the way through the first draft, and I’m getting to play a bit with the literature/society crossovers. We’re already seeing a bunch of fictional characters up for the next presidential election. Everyone from Cthulhu to Batman to Darth Vader have their own voting shirts, bumper stickers, buttons, and facebook pages.
But, this is nothing new. As early as the 1960’s, we saw people spreading the anti-establishment feelings of the Lord of the Rings into the real life situations they faced. This is where we saw the first “Gandalf for President” buttons. This is the prometheus of the nerd as we know it.
So, what better way for a character to meet a love interest and for the first beginnings of the climax to take place than by having a protest about a nuclear power plant? One person will be shouting that “Gandalf wouldn’t let this happen!”
Kind of like this brave, wonderful, literary person
So, is there any clout to using fictional people and circumstances as argument in the real world? What do you think?