A few years ago an old friend Lewis Abel (currently exec producer on the hit show Numbers) and I came up with a script called “Diamond Tango” and got our mutual friend Trevor (of comicon fame) to work on it as a graphic novel. Before too many pages were inked Lions Gate optioned the script as a pilot for a series and we put the comic on hold. As things do in Hollywood strong yeses got weaker, became maybes, and eventually the option ran out. Now we have the script back and the three of us are working to turn it into a feature (which is what we always wanted it to be in the first place). The story’s supernatural villain is a Mayan dream walker intent on keeping the Mayan calendar accurate by ending the world on schedule. So, for the last few days I’ve been buried in Mayan Mythology. A key element of that mythos is “The Hero Twins” – two brothers who challenge the gods of the underworld to a game of pre-Columbian basketball using the rubberized skull of their dead father. Very heady stuff (no pun intended). That got me thinking of another type of “hero twin.” The Holmes and Watson type. Which brings up an important theoretical question. What happens when the hero of a story (who provides the point of view) is different but strongly linked to the story’s protagonist (the character that drives the action forward)? To have a good theoretical discussion we need a larger data set, so I’m inviting you all to send in examples of “hero twins” in contemporary fiction. BTW Pancho and Cisco aren’t hero twins because Pancho is just a sidekick. That’s different.
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