Tuesday, October 26, 2010

If my fictional character won the fictional lottery...


What would my protagonist do if she won the lottery?


By Bekka Black (aka Rebecca Cantrell)

If it were Hannah Vogel’s month and she won the lottery, I think her first order of business would be to hire someone to put out a hit on me so I stop messing up her life and let her live a happy and peaceful life in Switzerland. But, luckily, it’s not her month. :)

This is October and that’s iDrakula’s month. I’ll give the lottery to Mina Murray, the teenager hunted by Dracula through the streets of New York with only her trusty cell phone and a pre-med student named Abe Van Helsing by her side. She’s tough and smart though, so Dracula had better look out!

Mina’s a practical sort, with a kind heart. If she won the lottery, the first thing she would do is give money to the Red Cross to support blood donations. Mina, of all people, understands the importance of getting fresh blood when you need it.

Next, she would start some kind of Vampire Killing Club to track down vampires around the world and settle the score for the humans. They eat us, and clearly that can’t be allowed to continue. Mina worked hard enough to make New York vampire-free. She’s a think global, act local kinda girl. But she can branch out. I imagine the foreign arms, particularly Romania, would need the most funding initially, but vampire legends put them everywhere on the globe. Good thing her iPhone has a translator app.

I think the VKC would also need a very cool research and development arm. My son suggested the first item to develop: a machine gun for shooting stakes. It’s really indispensable if you’re faced with multiple assailants, want to take them out from a distance, or want something that looks really cool. I like the one in the picture because it's got an 1890s Steampunk aesthetic that the original Mina Murray would have admired too.

I experimented with a ring of fire idea in the climax of iDrakula and I think that would be important shielding technology. Not like a flamethrower, more like a ring you can stand in that surrounds you with fire. I think there would be some weight issues with this, so suggestions are welcome.

Any other suggestions of other projects for the VKC?

12 comments:

Meredith Cole said...

I think she would also be involved in the local food movement--to grow more garlic!

Love the stake shooting machine. If it came in a size that would fit in my purse, I might be tempted...

TracyK said...

What about producing Holy Water in a Mace Container? She could sell them where ever Purell is sold!

Shane Gericke said...

Or, garlic holy water in one of those squeezy containers that look like a lime?

Rebecca Cantrell said...

Meredith: I think the problem with the purse-sized model is the size of the stakes. How small can a stake BE and still take out a vamp? Tests are so hard to run.

Mina would definitely advocate growing more garlic. She might even move straight to Gilroy.

Rebecca Cantrell said...

Tracy,

I like it! She could even get Purell blessed and then she could kill vampires and germs all at the same time. Very practical and scented!

Rebecca Cantrell said...

Shane,

It would have to shaped like a garlic clove or maybe a heart. And then what if you used food coloring so you could see where you were shooting if you missed.

Love the idea of a squeezy vampire killer. It's so Donna Reid meets Blade.

Shane Gericke said...

"Vampire-Tested: RealLemon Now With Garlic!"

Rebecca Cantrell said...

Shane: "Also good on fish!"

Gabi said...

Could the stake shooting machine be adapted to shoot the garlic? Vampire control device and Italian cooking utensil. Very practical and possibly eligible for R&D tax credits.

Rebecca Cantrell said...

You are on to something, Gabi! If Mina just broadens the audience for these devices, it'll be like she won the lottery again.

Kelli Stanley said...

Maybe a telescoping coffin-opener? Something like a strong lever that your average teenage girl could stuff in her purse, then unfold to pry open the lid?

You could even make it have optional attachments--a claw for hard to reach objects, a hollow cylinder for holy water storage (or bourbon) ... a small seat for rock concerts. As seen on TV! ;)

Michael Wiley said...

I'm just impressed that Mina is so philanthropically minded.