This post is a reminder and sneak preview of my Iron Man 2 Deconstruction class that ran from Sunday, June 12th, through Saturday, June 18th, 2011
Iron Man 2 by Alexander Irvine offers a surprising number of techniques to explore. Over the course of the week, we will be taking a deep look at what choices Irvine made and analyzing the effects they achieve. Here is a glimpse at what the syllabus holds for participants:
First I’ll explain why I chose Iron Man 2, and how I went about deconstructing the novel. Then we’ll look at some of the themes addressed in the book and analyze how they work to strengthen the characters and story.
Day 2 and 3:
These two days will be spent looking at plotting, pacing, and a little bit of point of view. Irvine uses several different techniques to great effect depending on whether this is an action or character scene.
We will spend a day looking at Tony Stark as both hero and superhero. How does the story make him approachable while maintaining the superhuman aspects?
And no superhero novel would be complete without the villain. Day 5 will focus on the two villains of the piece: Justin Hammer and Ivan Vanko. Why did the reader need two villains? What purpose does each serve?
Having hit on the big topics, we’ll spend a day looking at specific descriptive passages I feel are worth some attention. We’ll also touch on a couple differences between the movie and the book despite both springing from the same screenplay.
The final day will be a bit of a free for all. I’m looking forward to the discussions each day’s reading should provoke. Day 7 gives me the opportunity to address the issues raised in those discussions. However, should the discussions lack for questions, have no fear. We will also be looking at a few elements that didn’t fit in the previous categories, including continuity issues and how the series threads are handled.
So, have I piqued your interest? It should be a fun class, and I would be surprised if you walk away without learning a thing or two. If you’d like to join in, there’s still time. The signup link is here: http://www.savvyauthors.com/vb/showevent.php?eventid=606
Note: The class assumes you have read the novel and have access to a copy. If this is not the case, you can still follow along, but be aware there will be spoilers.