On Writing Like a Comic Book – 30 Day Challenge – Day 4

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Spider-man fighting Dr Octopus
Image courtesy of Comic Vine.

Growing up I was always a fan of the superheros portrayed in comic books. The feats they were able to achieve with their powers always kept my interest. Spider-man was my favorite but I followed many of the others as well.

Something that always grabbed my attention was they way comic books were written. Yes, the artwork is amazing but the repetition of the same sounds on multiple words was/is great. I later found out that this is a particular style of writing is called alliteration.

Alliteration is defined on Wikipedia as:

…the repeated sound of the first consonant in a series of multiple words, or the repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables of a phrase.

How Alliteration is Used in Stories:

We see this used on characters names such as Peter Parker, Reed Richards, Bruce Banner and so on. The repetition of  names are not the only time this writing style is used, this is also applied throughout the dialog and monologues in the stories.

I usually imagine the villain speaking this way when they deliver their master plot just before it’s thwarted by the hero.

Other Examples of Alliteration:

Blue Lantern Flash
Image courtesy of dc.wikia.com

Perhaps one of the most famous examples of this is: Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers. You can clearly see the repetition of the similar sounds occurring at the beginning of each word. Some other examples of this are:

  • Quincy’s quilters quit quilting quickly
  • Hannah’s home has heat hopefully
  • Mike’s microphone made much music

We see many examples of alliteration every day and probably don’t even realize it. There are many famous brands and celebrities that this pertains to as well:

  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • PayPal
  • Coca-Cola

I think my younger self would be positively proud if I were to work this writing style into prospective posts as an homage to these heroes.

Stay tuned true believers, they’ll be more power packed posts shortly!

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