kaiju and concerns

i'm working on a web serial on a teenager that has the power to grow up to fifty tall and battle giant monsters. but the funny thing is, in comparison to most web serials, it seems like something that hasn't been explored much. i'm not trying to say this idea is original. it's been done before *cough* zilla the animated series*cough* kong *cough* monsters vs aliens *cough* but it's something that seems hard to come by really.


but i really want to ask are a few concerns on this matter. you see, i'm planning on writing the pros and cons on having a part time job of beating the stuffing out of giant monsters and how might it affect the life a teenager. I'm well aware about the grades dropping, parents growing suspicious, and slowly but surely begin to feel the effects similar to how a veteran views war. all of these are things i will keep in mind when doing something like this. and, like's be honest, will you still sane after having to constantly deal with kaiju ruining your day?


and finally, i said this before, i intend to divide the chapters into episodes and the books into seasons since i like to treat it like a Saturday morning cartoon of sorts. however, since i don't know much about coding beyond making it look nice, i'm lost on this one. (i'm using blogger by the way. wordpress is slowly ticking me off now.)


hi, how might self esteem issues manifest in someone? for context, nackie has issues with his height, is bullied at times for it, and feels like he's not worth it for anybody. also, he ended up losing his parents after an some lab accident. and, when he was 5 years, he was taken in by one of his father's colleagues who promised to take good care of him henceforth.


The biggest forgotten question in this genre, as I see it, is "The Government". A half competent government is going to play every card they have to recruit the giant-slayer. Part of that will include offers to solve a lot of other problems.


Grades slipping? Well, how about we transfer you to a "private school"? Training, got you covered. Suspicious parents? Oh, we'll just hook you up with a "part time job".


Oh, and we'll give you craptons of money, too. How's a million bucks per dead kaiju sound? We spend, like, six times that per main battle tank. We'll even hook you up with some cool ass weapons. Maybe pull a few strings to get your mom a better job? Don't worry, she'll never know.


Do NOT underestimate the power of persuasion and more money than you know what to do with.


Honestly, I think a lot of the challenge comes from "world like ours but 50 foot monsters attack from time to time".


Like, that's a really really big change.


Forget the hero, that world is going to take a lot of thinking about. How does the world, absent the main character, deal with these kaijus? Do people flee the cities? Do they flee TO the cities? Are there still countries? Etc.


Once you got the setting, I think "person with a stressful, secret job" is a well trodden path. Buffy, etc. You will find plenty of great examples.


To keep the questions rolling: Where do these giants come from? Why aren't they vulnerable to conventional weapons? Why hasn't the government dissected one to take advantage of that fact? How do they circumvent the laws of physics? Why does the hero not collapse into a twitching pile of flesh when he grows in size? And, if his body is somehow magically reinforced, where does the energy he need for simple things like movement come from?


to answer your question @dary, kaiju come from various means and places but the most of them share a similar origin, coming into contact with the meteorites that crashed on earth. the crystals within them had the power to mutate anything that came near it. since the crystals hailed from a different dimension, they were not subjected to the same laws as our own, which explains why most kaiju barely feel the effects of most law physics, like the square/cube law. and for why weapons don't work on them, it really depends on the rank. a F rank can die really easily if a human used a gun at it but a S rank would be invulnerable to attack.


but seriously why apply logic to this? you don't see me question how Godzilla is stomping on Tokyo.


ok, so how about the self esteem thing too? i'm working on his backstory but i'm scared it might come off as cliched.


"but seriously why apply logic to this?"


Because if you don't, it's just another boring monster story with nothing interesting to add to the collective literature.


a) These are the sort of questions that (in my experience, at least) people would ask if you presented this idea/story to a writing group.


b) By asking these questions, you can build up the world and backstory. It's useful information to have, even if you don't use it on the actual page, because it influences the way the story develops. There's a reason that even something as trivial as Saturday morning cartoons had reference bibles for their writers.


c) You said you wanted to examine the real-life consequences for a hero who has to deal with giant monsters. Well, these are real life consequences of giant monsters...


oooooooh. thanks. well i might apply the square cube law to some extent. also, when i meant real life consequences, i didn't mean laws of physics or what not, i was thinking of something akin to Evangelion or Pacific rim for that. like, how might people react to the idea of kaiju being a thing? wipe them off the earth? contain them? turn them into living weapons.


Evangelion is a good example, because it does deal with such consequences, and does so in a way that serves the story's underlying themes of social isolation. The Angels are literally beings that reject reality. They are utterly isolated from the outside world and so immune to its laws. The only way to kill one is to rip a hole in its self-identity, forcing it to confront 'reality'. Then you have the various protagonists, who all have various issues and neuroses that cause them to put up barriers between them and the outside world, isolating themselves from reality...


but i'm not really aiming for something dark or gritty however, maybe something in the middle. not too silly but not dark either.


@ewolf20 If you are not going to consider some of the broader world building questions that Walter and Dary brought up as a central theme to your story consider at least "lamp-shading" them as your audience will likely have such questions on their minds. Readers are actually fairly forgiving with their suspension of disbelief so long as you acknowledge that there are some bizarre issues before you move on.


If you have ever seen Megas XLR they circumvent the whole "same city as always being attacked by monsters" (looking at you Tokyo..) thing by just showing that some of the populace look at it as more of a nuisance, like traffic, and move on. It is played for laughs but once the audience knows that the populace doesn't really think about it the audience has a pass to not think about it as well.


As for some of the personal problems your character might face, I can easily see a power like that go to someone's head. Why listen to anyone or care about consequence when you can grow to be fifty feet tall? It would be interesting to see an internal battle where he tries to not let his humanity slip from him.


Hope any of this helped!


@revfitz, thanks. i might put that into consideration.


to keep this thread up, might ask if it's viable for some agencies to employ giant robots in case our hero doesn't do his job?


Well, I know "real" is a four letter word when it comes to this type of fiction... but the realistic answer is "not even a little bit".


Frankly, unless there's magic involved, an Apache Helicopter is far more effective in combat than any giant robot could ever be. As long as you scale for tech level- because the kind of tech to make giant robot doesn't exist, but if it did... and you used that same kind of tech in a super-flying-tank... the super-flying-tank would annihilate the robot.


Government agencies would certainly build weapons designed to do the job, of that there is no possible doubt, but their designs would be far less stylistic and much more brutal. If it were me, I'd default to serrated missiles- essentially giant, rocket-powered harpoons that are designed to pierce the flesh, bury themselves into the tissue, and then explode from the inside out, spreading massive amounts of titanium shrapnel into the surrounding area.


I'd also be researching chemical and biological options- and probably energy weapons like focused microwave beams (which we already have, by the way... neat little nonlethal crowd dispersal trick, but you could make one hell of a weapon against anything remotely organic) and pretty much anything else the tech geeks think might work. Remember- it only counts as a war crime if you do it to humans.


Since you mentioned Evangelion before: remember the episode that featured an actual giant robot, and what happened to it?


i have a semi confession to make and please don't kill me, as i said before, I'm considering aiming for a semi-realistic. I'm still keeping in the consequences (minus the missles unless it 's attached to a war machine) but still retain a more gray view.


and for what happened to the giant robot, i may have not seen the anime but i know for cwrtain is could have ended up destroyed.


shame i can't edit the first post, i wanted to add semi-realistic to it. not to say it's a excuse to have a brightly colored fifty foot wrestler that does monster slayer for a living. ( i made a mistake but thanks for all your advice)


Hey man.


I don't mean to imply that everything has to be realistic. In fact, a great part about stories is that they DON'T. People get enough realism from the news.


But it helps a lot if you call out all the ways that your world is different from the norm. If there are giant monsters, people will accept that. It's a giant moonster story, after all, they knew what they were getting in to. But if there are giant monsters, and everyone just leaves them up to one guy, you have to do a little explanatory work. Why are they so passive?


It's not insurmountable. You can make a reason for whatever, and it doesn't have to be a good one. (everyone subscribes to a religion where he is the Chosen One. Or he's never failed before but all military confrontations with monsters are catastrophes, or the monsters are secretly in cahoots with the evil gov) But if you don't put in ANY answer people will protest.