Saturday, September 24, 2016

Play It Again, Toads

Welcome to Play it Again, Toads! where archived challenges of this Imaginary Garden come to life again. Have fun exploring the side bar (2011 - 2016) and selecting your own or choose from three I've highlighted below.

Kerry's Wednesday Challenge ~ Pastiche  (December 2012)

Music with Marian ~ A Walk on the Wild Side (November 2013)

Sunday Mini-Challenge hosted by Grace  (December 2014)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sidekicks in the Spotlight

My husband and I come from very different backgrounds, but one of the things we agreed on was that we’d bring up our children with the love of geekery – comics, fantasy and sci-fi in novel and TV form, etc. We’ve kept it age appropriate with Star Wars coming before Buffy, and a cute film called Sky High before the Avengers.

If you haven’t seen it, Sky High is a film about a high school for super powered teens. The staff decides if the child’s power makes them hero or sidekick material. Those deemed as sidekicks are at the low end of the high school’s social spectrum. Here’s a clip:

Now the movie makes the case that sidekicks can be heroes. Sometimes all it takes is being willing to see them in a different light. So for this prompt, I want you to create a poem that takes a peripheral or sidekick character from any book (comic or otherwise), legend, film or TV show, and give them a voice. You are free to choose outside the superhero genre if you’d like. Writing about how Krypto the Super Dog spends his days at Superman’s Fortress of Solitude when the Man of Steel isn't around is just as fine as writing about how Mary Benet copes with being the middle child, literally and metaphorically, between headstrong Lizzie and shallow Lydia.  

Remember, this must be a new poem created for this prompt. Do be sure to visit your fellow poets. I look forward to reading all of your poems.