During a recent spell of writing I became aware of the mass destruction I was causing. In the present book I’m working on there is a scene where the villain of the piece wants to detonate a device that will destroy a major city and I was trying to work out how to stop him, or rather how my hero could stop him. I had great fun in working out the villains nefarious scheme, how he would trap the hero and slaughter all the innocent lives once his device went off. His plan was to cause such mayhem that the galaxy would be thrust into utter chaos giving him time to fill the power vacuum caused by his actions. My planning was meticulous, I had worked out the power distribution of the device that was going to be used, had the blast radius worked out but then when I came to check the logistics involved what I had planned could not be stopped. My idea of saving millions of lives had turned into the destruction of the same.
It brought to mind a comment on one of my favourite comedy shows,The Big Bang Theory, when discussing one of the characters he is described as “One lab accident away from being a super villain,” As I sat at my desk plotting the destruction of millions of lives I couldn’t help but feel that in some small way that applied to me too, but only in the respect of the stories I write. Good God I could never hurt anyone in real life, I much prefer to plot my enemies doom from the safety of my laptop.
This got me to thinking that most writers of this genre, thriller/sci fi/action/adventure where the stakes are high and lives are on the line, must feel the same way, even if just a little. We exhibit Godlike powers as we put our characters through ordeal after ordeal in the universe we create. We cause chaos, we put lives at risk and many times we destroy millions but the fun part is that no one really gets hurt at all. It’s just fiction after all.
I make no apologies about the books I write, I know they are outrageous at times, blatantly over the top where the action is concerned but as an entertainment, they are pure fun. I have a blast writing them and I hope you have one too in reading them.
So until next time, pick up a good book, throw yourself inside and have a blast, preferably in one of mine.