As fiction writers, it's our job to make life a little more interesting than it is. Not that life isn't plenty interesting sometimes, but it the span a story would be covered in, there is also a lot of mundane. But there are some twists that make everything a little more interesting. So I thought I'd approach one set of circumstances.
What if we weren't all... you know... ordinary people?
And it's interesting to watch literature change. Is our point of view that of the 'normal' experiencing the strange? Or are we ourselves strange.
What got me thinking about this was Roswell. I watched all three seasons on Netflix recently—really liked it. In fact I just started watching it again. And in some ways the set-up is a lot like the Buffy set-up. There are these high school kids... part of them normal... but there is a giant secret... some portion of them are NOT like the others.
In both cases, there is the normal teen angst and new love relationships. And there is a focus on HIDING this big secret... Nobody can know.
But what is it that is so appealing about these stories?
Do we want to BE different? Do we just want to brush up against different? Or is it just that the contrast makes for such a nice story?
What's your favorite story like this? Do you ever write them?