I wonder what books my characters are reading?
So, being an author isn’t all the drudgery of writing and revising. Being invested with godlike powers over the universe you’ve created means that you get to imagine any detail you feel like. And I started wondering what books might exist in the universe of my two Madrona Heroes books (the first one, the sequel) where a handful of kids in Seattle have woken up with superpowers. Here’s a few that I found when I looked in their local bookstore.
This first one I suppose is being read by the parents. I imagine disciplining a kid with a superpower might get a little tricky!
Of course, it’s ideal when the parents don’t actually know that the kids have superpowers. Their concerns and common sense tend to get in the way of things the kids would do with their powers.
As nominal leader of the Madrona Heroes, Binny has all sorts of issues to deal with.
But at least there’s a guide to making sure she’s got a fashionable room from her friends at Pottery Barn!
And then of course there’s handling the situation every parent dreads.
I was guessing there would also be a guide to superhero costumery, but it turns out that this book actually already exists, here in our universe. This one you can actually buy on Amazon.
If you liked these fake books, you might enjoy reading the first two actual books in the Madrona Heroes series. As well as a third book (not part of the series) that asks the question: What happens to characters in books when the books aren’t being read? In that book Binny Jordan (from Madrona Heroes) wakes up to find herself utterly confused as well as surrounded by Hermione Grainger, Katniss Everdeen, and Arya Stark. Check out all three!
And now, some thank yous:
- Thanks to Jeff Wysaski who’s fake self-help book prank inspired this effort.
- Thanks to Shelby Healy for the adaptation inspiration.
- And thanks to a bunch of the real books and imagery that helped make these parody covers: When Good Kids Make Bad Choices, Pottery Barn Kids’ Rooms (+ the image from here), How to Handle Difficult Parents, Lean In, and How to Deal with Angry and Temperamental Kids.