The Deconstruction of Iron Man 2

I am in the middle of reading George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings, and so though I’ve read almost a normal book’s worth, I’m nowhere near done. Therefore, I thought I’d let you in on a book-related project I’ve been working on.

While my book reviews focus on my reader reactions, I often toss in a writing observation or two if I see one. Additionally, I’ve been teaching writing classes both on Forward Motion and the Muse Online Writers Conference for a while now.

Because of this, I was invited to participate in the Deconstruction Seminars, a new offering on I will be deconstructing the novel Iron Man 2 by Alexander Irvine, a book I reviewed on my blog here:

There is a fee for the one-week class, and it’s best if you have a copy of the book on hand, so you’ll have to decide if it’s worth your money, but I can promise a deep look into the way Irvine brings this story to life.

You might wonder why I chose this particular book out of so many, and that’s a good question. To be honest, it all revolves around Tony Stark.

He is a devil-may-care genius with no close connections that he recognizes, the ability to craft things of great power, and a troubled past including Daddy issues. He is the profile of a perfect villain–and yet he’s the hero (or anti-hero) and it works.

However, Tony is not the only aspect we’ll be exploring. To give a hint at what I’m talking about, I offer two pictures:

First is a glimpse of the 12 full college-rule notebook pages where I have jotted down the important elements.
Notes for Iron Man 2 Deconstruction
And here is the book itself, a post-it marking each point I thought had the potential to be useful in the class:
Post-its in Iron Man 2So, if you join me as we dive into the details of how this novel came together, it should be a fun ride. Unlike my other classes, there will be no homework. Instead, there will be prework (reading the novel) and discussion of the aspects I bring up as well as the opportunity to raise your own discoveries for discussion.

To learn more and sign up, please visit SavvyAuthors here:

Note: The basic membership for Savvy Authors is free, so there is no cost on top of the listed fee.

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