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July Is Super Month

Here's Chris Sims, saying in a paragraph a thing I devoutly believe, but would take me two essays and series of curse-laden tweets to get across:

That kind of storytelling only plays into the power fantasies of fans who want their "realistic" hero to be a bigger badass than anyone else. So please, if we can all stop being in third grade for a moment, let's all agree that ideas of one fictional protagonist being "more powerful" than another are just silly arguments for children. I've never understood it when adults tell me that they like Batman more than Superman because Superman's too powerful. The standard argument is that if you're reading a story where you're bored because of Superman's powers, that's the fault of the writer, but the flipside of that is also true: If you truly believe that Batman's going to lose because someone wrote down that he's a "normal human," then you're unclear on how the concept of fiction works.


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The way I've been putting it, when confronted with the "Superman is boring because he's too powerful" nonsense, is "No, no, no. You don't get it. All superheroes have the same power: they win in the end." Sims is nicer about it.

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Livejournal's been hosting lots of spam comments lately, at least in my old posts. It's like a ghost town, and the Russian gremlins are filling in the empty spaces.

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pasajera
Aug. 6th, 2011 04:53 am (UTC)
Kipple. Electronic kipple. I finally disabled commenting on the sketch blog because of the tumbleweed pileups of spam.
ideaspace
Aug. 6th, 2011 06:06 am (UTC)
Did you see the comic book version of "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" that's been coming out from BOOM! Studios for the past two years? It's the only thing I can think of that truly deserves to be called a graphic novel (like an electric sheep): it's the entire text of the book, including all the "he said"s, but laid out into illustrated panels and word balloons. The art's not entirely to my taste, but it's a fun way to re-read the book. Good back-matter essays, too.
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