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Offline kimmy

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Re: Superhero Movies
« on: November 13, 2017, 11:53:01 pm »
Maybe the discussion should be why people find ordinary life and people so boring they throng to see stories about superheros....

Well, Michael and I discussed that at great length in the "Wonder Woman" thread this summer.

Here's my take:

To summarize my thoughts in a few bullet points:

 -while the superhero genre is very popular right now, it has actually been around for over 80 years.

 -stuff doesn't survive for that long by accident. If it didn't connect with people in a way that was more than fleeting, it would have been long forgotten. In culture, as in ecology, stuff that has survived has survived for a reason.

 -if we understand what that reason is, we understand something about ourselves.

 -the superhero genre is actually just the latest manifestation of something far older. Cultures around the world and throughout time have created tall tales around larger-than-life folk-heroes. The heroes of ancient Greek myths, or Gilgamesh, or Paul Bunyan and Babe The Blue Ox, or the Native American tales about Whiskeyjack, or the Chinese legend of the Five Brothers, or folk tales based around real figures like Robin Hood and John Henry.   It transcends culture and geography.   Superheroes, in one form or another, have been with us for millennia.

The idea speaks to us, somehow.

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