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Friday, September 19, 2014

The Blue Effect - Real Heroes Vs Superman Syndrome

The Blue Effect - Real Heroes VS Superman Syndrome
The Blue Effect - Superheroes Vs Superman Syndrome
I love superheroes. And Star Trek. Especially Star Trek. Every time I watch an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Jean Luc Picard tells someone to “make it so,” I swoon a little.

His honor and strength, his boldness and grace under fire… how could you not admire such a figure?
Of course, he can barely talk to children and has a non-existent social life because he believes a captain must maintain a fa├žade of cool and distance to garner the respect of his crew.

How lonely.

How boring.

Well, no one is perfect, not even Captain Picard.
And that’s a good thing, otherwise you get what I call the Superman Syndrome. I’m talking about the Christopher Reeve, goody goody, holier than thou, can do no wrong Superman (kryptonite-influenced A-hole of Superman III notwithstanding).

Cause… really… is anyone truly and honestly that good?!
The warm fuzzies make me want to gag.
I need my heroes to have flaws. I need them to be relatable.

More like me.

I mean, those are the best characters. Tragic, flawed figures who overcome not in spite of their idiosyncrasies, but often because of them. Someone who shows us that the ability to be a hero is inside us all. That you don’t have to be bitten by a radioactive spider or be born with mutant abilities or build an indestructible suit to be special and unique.
All you have to do is care and never stop trying.

In the end, I may write stories about incredible people with amazing abilities, but the real story of those characters is that they’re just like us with all the same thoughts and feelings and fears. They’ll never be Superman, but that doesn’t mean they won’t do everything in their power to kick Lex Luthor’s ass.

And I’d like to think each of us would do the same.



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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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35 comments :

  1. I love this post so much. Everyone is special in their own way and has their own super powers :)

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    1. I'm glad you like the post! I really think the characters in my book are so relatable... I love Blue, the main character, so much. I hope you'll read the book and love her too!

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  2. I totally agree with liking characters that are flawed and more realistic. They are definitely more relateable.

    Michelle F.

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  3. Haha I love this! If I could do anything it would be invisible but you everyone needs flaws to keep them humble and grounded.

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    1. I agree. Perfection n any human would breed chaos

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  4. I don't know if being in two or maybe even three or four places at once is a super power - but there sure are times where it would be nice if I did!

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  5. I had the chaplain on my base tell me that I had the Messiah complex and I had to stop trying to help everyone because it was making me sick.

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    1. I'd take that as a compliment :) Helping and caring for others should be a second skin and not a oh gosh I have to do this.

      However you do have to take care of you, to be able to take care of them right :)

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  6. I totally agree. Flawed characters are always the most interesting.

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  7. I don't know if being in many places at once is a super power - but there sure are times where it would be great if this happened!

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    1. YES YES YES!
      Especially me want that :)

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  8. toally agree.. very interesting title and post.. loved it :)

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    1. Thank you Payal. I was hoping the title would work..

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  9. What a great post, I totally agree!

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    1. Thank you Alyssa for visiting and sharing.
      The author will be much delighted :)

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  10. You and my husband should go to Star Trek convention because he is a big fan. Ha ha. I watch star trek with him sometimes esp the Next Generation. I am getting hook. Oh well, maybe we should all go together

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    1. Jade, I've never been to a Star Trek convention... but I plan on it someday!! Wouldn't it be funny to meet up at one?

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    2. I've never been either Jade or Rose.
      It would be quite interesting.
      I know my son would love it!

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  11. Flawed characters are so much more interesting in a story than more one dimensional ones!

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  12. I love that you swoon over Star Trek. :) My parents have a Star Trek themed room in their basement.

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    1. LOL... funny you should mention that. My husband and I are getting ready to put our house on the market... it's been a good starter house, but the kids are grown and we've agreed it's time to find the "forever" house. Or at least, the "next 15-20 years" house! One requirement, though: I must must must have my Star Trek themed room where I can hang all my collectible posters etc.

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    2. You ladies made me giggle :)
      It would be interesting to view a star trek themed room :)

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  13. I agree, heroes that have flaws (as long as they're not unforgiveable) are more easy to relate to. I think that's why someone I know likes Loki. ;)

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    1. I can easily love/hate Loki - then again he is funny and makes me laugh :)

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  14. i love characeters that have more to them than just saving the day. that makes them more real.

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    1. Thank you Katrina.
      I appreciate your sharing.

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  15. Wow!! Love the all the responses to this post! Thanks to all for reading, and thanks to Colette for hosting!

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    1. Rose, I'm so glad you visited!
      Thank you for sharing this article with my readers. I do appreciate it.

      Very good article and I do agree! It was fun to read and share.

      Have a good week!

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  16. I love Star Trek too, I picked this book up.

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    1. Yay! Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it.

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I appreciate your thoughts - Colette

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