When I came up with the idea for the Cougar Worthy Men last year, it was my inspiration to not just feature men that were models or celebrites but to feature ones that were my idea of model men!! Men that were accomplished, successful, intriguing, creative, and, of course, handsome.
Men are visual, whereas women melt to the sounds of words they yearn to hear. When you are interested in writing, or have a love for reading, men that are good with words are even more appealing.
I’ve been very lucky to have had two great authors featured here already – Dr. Ivan Rusilko and my favorite Ryan, Mr. Ryan O’Leary. I am very excited to be adding another great writer, Mr. Jess Hunter, to my Cougar Worthy Men list. Once you have finished reading about Jess and the words he has to say, I’m sure you will be adding him to your list as well.
Jess will be giving away a copy of For A Hero to two people that leave a comment. So be sure to leave a comment at the end and I am very pleased to Welcome Jess Hunter!!
Everyone always associates me with superheroes. I never intended for the connection to be as ubiquitous or permeating as it is, but I don’t mind. “For A Hero,” wasn’t about a superhero, it was about a man. I am a fan of superheroes, but I am also a fan of detectives, cowboys, spies, presidents, astronauts and bounty hunters. They aren’t all over my page and when you see one of them, you don’t think of me. So, why superheroes? I guess someone who loves me a lot knew that I liked superheroes and wanted me to be surrounded by something I loved. (Sable & Barb) I already wrote a piece about why superheroes are important to me and my literature since so many people asked questions about their prevalence, but this is different. Something VERY big and important is about to happen to me, and I want to share it with you.
Superman has been a very powerful influence in my life ever since I was very, very young. One of the first things I ever got was a homemade superman shirt and cape. My dad sewed the S on my chest himself. I couldn’t even run yet, but in my heart, I could fly. I spent my whole childhood with a towel around my neck. As I grew up and passed the six foot mark, graduated college, and started paying my own bills, the love of Superman never went away. Sure, I love Batman, too, as well as the whole Justice League and even Marvel’s teams and heroes. But Superman is special.
If it isn’t already obvious to you, I am talking about the premiere of the film, “Man of Steel.” The production team behind The Dark Knight Trilogy created it, and it was directed by the man behind “300” and “The Watchmen.” I believe for many reasons, objectively and not-Superman related, that this film will be the biggest blockbuster of the year, but for me, it is something more than that. This film is what my imagination has been telling me Superman is for my whole life. I really feel like these people understand who the character is, and what he represents, and why he is so important. I feel like they are going out of their way, not JUST to make a great movie, but to truly, completely embody the character and make no apologies for what he is. Let me share with you why he is different from other popular heroes, why is so important to me, and why the world is latching onto him right now.
Superman is nothing but hope. Many other ‘heroes’ in all mediums have a hundred other motivations. The Batman is angry and vengeful and broken. Spider-Man is guilt-ridden and insecure. Wolverine is apathetic and cold. Sherlock is detached. James Bond is a mask of a man. They are all heroes, doing good, but none of them, not a single one, is pure. Superman is ONLY pure. That is his greatest power. If he were ANYTHING other than modest, loving, and pure, the world wouldn’t be the same. To me, he is a great metaphor for who we are. He reminds us that inside each one of us, is something special, unique and powerful. He is an obvious archetype of that. He is an example of goodness and compassion.
I become very emotional when I think about him, because he isn’t just a fictional character. He is all the goals and trials and precedents. He is the best that we could be, and him existing is the anchor that can pull us there. Finally, and I’m sorry for going on such a nerd-rant, the world is getting wrapped up in him right now also. He was the most beloved fictional character, period, from 1938 to 1984 when “The Dark Knight Returns” was written and everyone jumped on the Batman bandwagon and rode it until the end of the Nolan trilogy. But in that time, we have suffered. Tragedy after tragedy after tragedy has been hurled at us. We are inundated with bad news all day, and each morning, just as we think nothing worse can happen, someone bombs somebody or shoots somebody or rich people get flustered over petty scandals and taxpayer’s money. It’s getting darker and darker outside and we have been starting to forget the goodness that is inside people. Superman can show us that. It might be silly, but I think this movie is exactly what America (and the world) needs right now. I know it’s hard to imagine someone being so emotionally invested in a movie or a fictional character, but it’s the idea, the hope and purity, that is touching everyone now. I feel like they were hungry for something like that. I feel like Superman is giving them all just a little ray of hope. They’re all joining my little club. J
This video link is to a collage of reaction videos, all people watching the third “Man of Steel” trailer for the first time. The emotions jump and burst off of the people’s faces. Three of them began to weep as the music crescendos and Clark saves the day at his own expense. See for yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2YG6RakU3h8 May each of you, however you do it, get just a slice of that kind of happiness, joy, love, hope, humor that I feel when I get into a mood like this. Maybe Superman can do that for you, like he does for me. I hope this wasn’t too geeky for you. If any of you are in Houston, you’re welcome to come with me to the midnight premiere on the 13th of June. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I’ll be wearing my cape. If you’re interested in coming along, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is one of the trailers for Man of Steel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DaPBBOHfsA
David lost his family and he blames himself, so he fights Fire to repay a debt he never really owed. Day after day he does his job and goes home alone to face a future of solitude and regret – until Jenna comes into his life. Jenna sees a hero when she looks at David. She sees a man who is bigger than life and deserves to be loved. So, Jenna sets out to prove to him that he is perfect just the way he is. And starts by buying a date with him – to the tune of $15000. Before David knows it, his life is full of excitement, passion and more love than he can handle. But will he be able to keep it or will the demons from his past snatch happiness from his grasp?
** Warning: Contains Explicit Scenes and Content, Intended for 18+ Audience
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I have got to start this book I bought it but haven’t gotten to read it yet. I think that is gonna be my goal this week to get it read. I had too many series books come out last week that kept me busy 🙂
Debbie Workman said:
I loved everything about this interview. Thank you for sharing, Jess.
sunshine kath said:
Never thought of Superman other than being a good film….but now i am wondering how many superman do we pass on the street and have in our lives.
Very interesting Jess I can’t wait to get my hands on this book….
All the best for a Super future…
ps the pics are hot!
That is awesome. I love Sable’s books, now I can add Jess to that. Great Interview.
Tianna Croy said:
I just finished this book! It was my choice from a contest by Sable. But am I had this is the book that I chose!! Awesome job Jess, plus I agree with Ginger, you’re totally cougar worthy!
I just saw the movie clip where Superman explains that the S on his chest means hope in his native language. You are right. We, as a people, a nation, the world need hope even more than we need love. Hope is what really keeps us going, striving to be better, wanting a better world especially for our children and grandchildren. Enjoy the premiere. I’m looking forward to this movie, too. and as always thank you for the insite into you and your life.
Emma Fitzgerald said:
Loved the book Jess! Awesome interview too! We have to wait 2 weeks more for Man of Steel here in Australia 😦 Enjoy the midnight showing 🙂
Can’t wait for the release of Superman, and a Brit in the lead role, what could be better :O), Well actually Jess’s book For a Hero hit the spot, David and Blaine are such diverse characters, can’t wait for book two. I have to agree, Jess as cougar bait, LOL.
Dana Luthi said:
Great book, He is Cougar worthy.
Janet Breton said:
This is a great article. I totally get the whole superhero concept. My youngest son has always been into superheroes, and now he’s a comic book historian and he writes graphic novels about the people who write the comics. This is his latest graphic novel. He interviewed comic writers and. His friend took their photos. Here is the link in case you’re interested: http://www.amazon.com/Leaping-Tall-Buildings-Origins-American/dp/1576875911/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370800609&sr=1-4&keywords=Christopher+Irving
He also had an Amazon authors page. It’s Christopher L. Irving
Check it out, you might find something you like 🙂
Your book sounds great, and I’m hoping I can read it soon. Best of luck!
Jennifer Gallagher said:
Jess’s book was fantastic.. David was a super Hero.. Superman hmm never thought of him that way.. maybe we should all look at his qualities.. how many supermen have we in our own lives.. or walk past in the street.. I know I will nevr look at Superman again without thinking of Jess Hunter !!
Shirley Bastian said:
GREAT choice this week Ginger!!
Cathy Lasky said:
Such a wonderful interview. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your life. I love the Sable’s books, so I am looking forward to reading yours!
OMG I love the book..i couldnt put it down!! Thanks for giving us all something WONDERFUL to read!
Elaine S. said:
A fantastic interview. I never really thought about the Super Hero’s like this before. The interview challenged me to view them from a different point of view. I also agree hero’s are cops, firemen, cowboys and the military men. Keep writing your good and I do enjoy a good book.
Jennifer Watkins said:
Really great interview, and I agree that Superman is the best of all the super hero’s. I haven’t had a chance to read your book yet but it sounds really interesting.
Thank you all so much for reading and joining me for a while.
It means a lot. 🙂
Janet, I am checking amazon right now.
I appreciate and love all of you.