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A. Lee Martinez

Fiction and Excerpts [1]

Fiction and Excerpts [1]

Five Ordinary People That Are Extraordinary Heroes

I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer. To me, it was a seminal TV series that fundamentally changed the nature of how we view fantasy characters in fiction. The notion of characters with secret identities and double lives isn’t new. Heroes since Zorro and The Scarlet Pimpernel have used double identities as tools in their battles against evil, but as opposed to most heroes, Buffy’s dual life was difficult, not empowering.

Buffy’s goal wasn’t to be ordinary, but to maintain ordinary moments in a life that kept throwing extraordinary things at her. Buffy isn’t the first or last character to face this struggle, but she is one of the most interesting to do so. Here are five other characters that show how appealing it can be to watch an ordinary person deal with the extraordinary.

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The Last Adventure of Constance Verity

Ever since she was granted a wish at birth by her fairy godmother, Constance Verity has become the world’s great adventurer. She is a master of martial arts, a keen detective, and possesses a collection of strange artifacts. Constance has spent the past twenty-eight years saving the world, and she’s tired of it. All she wants is to work in an office and date a nice, normal guy. And she’s figured a way out.

The only problem is that saving the world is Constance’s destiny. She’s great at it, and there are forces at work to make sure she stays in the job. Then again, it’s also her destiny to have a glorious death…

A. Lee Martinez’s The Last Adventure of Constance Verity is available July 5th from Saga Press.

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