Story Structure in Graphic Novels — Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper
Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Emily Hayes of Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper… They all have one thing in common. Can you guess what it is?
What does it take to be a superhero? Answer: A special ability, a dogged determination to use that ability for good not evil and an Achilles heel (which enables an arch-nemesis to gain leverage on the hero). Often that Achilles heel is family or loved ones.
What is the plight of a superhero? Answer: They can never, ever live a “normal” life. It is their destiny to live a life of thankless public service because it’s the right thing to do and typically the loved ones of the superhero will pay for their choice. This is true in Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi. Every time Emily chooses to pursue her “special ability” her family is put in more and more trouble.
Since this is a series of five books, by the end of Book One she has not yet fulfilled her destiny to save the masses with her “special ability” but this installment (her origin story) is still presented in three acts.
To see how Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper works as a three-act story, visit here: Amulet Book One Story Structure
(Spoiler Alert: If you have not read Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper, I will be discussing the entire story.)