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Story Structure in Graphic Novels — Amulet Book Two: The Stonekeeper’s Curse

What is the curse of a superhero? Answer: Responsibility.

In Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper, Emily Hayes struggled to maintain a “normal” life after the seemingly harmless decision to tie the Amulet around her neck thrust her and her family into a life or death adventure (see how in my post Story Structure in Graphic Novels – Amulet Book One). In Amulet Book Two: The Stonekeeper’s Curse, she will face the consequences of that decision.

By taking possession of the Amulet she became a superhero: a “gifted” (not normal) person who is destined to use their gift to save humanity by living a life of self-sacrifice. Emily is supposed to save the world. That’s a great responsibility hanging around the neck of an eleven year-old. What can she do?

What is a superhero supposed to do once they realize they can’t help but be a superhero? Answer: Commit, despite the consequences. That is what Kazu Kibuishi (shout out to a fellow UCSB Film Studies graduate!) explores in Amulet Book Two: The Stonekeeper’s Curse.

To see how Amulet Book Two: The Stonekeeper’s Curse works as a three-act story, visit here: Amulet Book Two Story Structure

(Spoiler Alert: If you have not read Amulet Book Two: The Stonekeeper’s Curse, I will be discussing the entire story.)

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