I came up wiry this idea on the plane, while reading a book. I was thinking about the way sometimes I script what is happening around me in my head, and how cool it would be if I had a super power to make my scripts come true.
The basic concept is this: Have you ever considered yourself to be the protagonist of the world? There is I think a philosophical concept which implies that it is possible that the world revolves around the observer, what the observer cannot see does not occur but is filled in by the observers mind. Kind of like playing a video game I guess, the computer doesn’t bother rendering the bits of the game that you can’t see,when you visit an area the programming of the game and the script makes it seem as if stuff has been happening though
What if you had the super power to script anything in the world around you, you get to change the variables of the world, alter your story. The man who you are having an argument with who has just pulled a gun on you, as he pulls the trigger you silently will him to have forgotten to reload it, click…
The cute girl who just walked into the room, you make up a story about how she’s vulnerable and has just broken up with her boyfriend, you start talking to her, you script it so that you are her type and end up going home with her.
This may sound cool, if you had this power it would to be honest be awesome, but it would make for a rubbish story, mainly because there is no strife, you have created the ultimate boring story of wish fulfillment, and your story like the first version matrix in the Matrix series will fail.
So what can you do to add strife? Perhaps add a moral compass to the main character? Perhaps the character isn’t the only one with this power, those who possess the power are immune to being rewritten.
I think the main things have to that there are rules or laws to using these powers. You cannot rewrite that which you already know or have experienced, or that which has been experienced by someone else who has the power, in effect we are making the people with power gods among men (or women).
Another possible rule could be that even though you have this power of authorship, you are still mortal, someone could sneak up on you and kill you.
Also regardless of your power you only know what you could normally perceive, Ie you are not omniscient.
I’m sure there are other limitations that could make it interesting.
The idea in a way reminds me of what happens in Bill and Ted’s Excellent adventure where they say that when they get out of whatever situation they are in they will travel back and orchestrate something,except without the time travel aspect.
Another thing to wonder about is how you gain these powers,are just born with them,do you collect them highlander style by killing your enemies? The second option could lead us to a fairly naive protagonist who gets his power by accidentally killing someone, saw by running him over?
Anyway I need to put more thought into this idea,I’m on a train,so excuse the post being horribly formatted, will fix in hotel room.