My new favorite superhero is brave, buff and packs a killer copy of “Wuthering Heights.”
I’m serious. The gothic novel will take out any bad guy.
Afraid? You should be.
Blame a recent literary YouTube sensation, a clip that’s a faux commercial for superhero action figures modeled after the Brontë sisters, a group of 19th century writers.
The Brontë trio includes Emily (“Wuthering Heights”), Charlotte (“Jane Eyre”) and Anne (“Agnes Grey”).
As toy superheroes on YouTube — dubbed “Super X-Treme Mega History Heroes” — they flaunt super-disguise mustaches and hurl boomerang books at an evil publisher.
When the situation in Victorian England gets really extreme, the sisters combine all their devices and morph into a dinosaur-like creature strong enough to overtake a boys-only clubhouse.
Naturally, their attack device is called a Brontësaurus.
If the Brontë-inspired action figures were real, I wouldn’t have stolen my brother’s G.I. Joes.
The superhero YouTube commercial is a spoof, but it bolsters the intrigue factor surrounding authors commonly associated with mandatory reading.
Originally, the sisters’ works were published under pseudonyms: Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell.
The pseudonyms created a veil of mystery that added to the curiosity surrounding their works, according to the Brontë Parsonage Museum and Brontë Society’s website.
The site notes the sisters’ father was a published author of poetry and fiction. When their mother died, her sister took care of the children.
Two Brontë sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, died just a few years later. The remaining children stayed at home together and built an imaginary world anchored by inspiration from books and toy soldiers.
Even readers without extensive knowledge of the Brontë sisters’ works will agree it’s rare for a single family to yield so much permanent literary talent.
Emily, Charlotte and Anne deserve their newfound superhero identities.
Heck, they even deserve a follow-up YouTube clip centered on their ability to fend off critics with multi-syllable words.
Through their real lives, the authors continue to remind readers of an enemy-controlling weapon that doesn’t require muscles or a special license.
That tool? A pen and paper, of course.
Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-571-8516.