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  1. Ergo_Summer (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I might get a lot of flak for this, but I think superheroes are highly overrated.

    The world of web serial fiction doesn't have to be limited to stories about spandex-wearing MCs fighting villains and saving innocents. Where are the romantic comedies about roommates living in the big city? Where are the sexy LGBT dramedies that don't involve "coming out" by putting on tights? Where are the family dramas that can pack a punch without superpowers?

    I've had it with superhero fiction online.

  2. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I had it with Superheroes myself before reading Worm. Then I went and wrote a thing that turns everything that ever bothered me about non-Worm Superhero fiction on its ear.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world.
  3. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Here's the thing: I'm not sure that it's superheroes-only-all-the-time. I think it's just people with powers. Role playing, anime, video games, general wish fulfilment - it's always someone getting powers and going to town. That doesn't necessarily mean capes, but for those who don't want to call it 'fantasy' or 'paranormal', sticking it under 'superhero' makes the most sense.

    The Other Kind of Roommate — Like Fight Club meets X-Men meets The Matrix meets Superbad.
  4. Fiona Gregory (Moderator)

    Posted 4 years ago

    It's a thing at the moment. Superheroes are having their moment in the sun, in popular culture (movies, etc). They're not just for kids and comic books anymore. Like Chrysalis, I wasn't especially interested in superheroes until I read stories like Worm and Curveball, and I read for the story, not the idea that there were superheroes. They put the comic-book idea in a realistic world. Same with zombies, I thought they were riduculous, but zombie stories kept showing up because they are trending, and I found some that really made compelling stories out of the theme, so I had to admit I do like zombie stories now.

    By the way, I believe the longest running serials on the web, from way before WFG, are soap-opera type dramas, for example Kira Lerner's About Schuyler Falls

  5. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 4 years ago

    It's a cyclic thing. The density of superhero stories is recent, due presumably to the popularity of Worm. For a while there, ever other new submission we got was a zombie story. Before that, it was vampires. If people writing soaps or people writing literary fiction wanted to turn the tide on WFG, they could likely do it in a few months.

  6. Madiha N. Santana (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I agree with Tartra that in a way the "superhero" narrative is just the obvious western-facing side of it that people can call attention to easily, but if you distill it down it's really just "people with powers" that is in vogue right now. Anime has a lot of "superhero"-seeming stories (magical girls, shonen fighting,) that have a distinct narrative arc from cape stuff. But people might still label it "superhero" and it might at first glance seem like superheroes -- people with powers they might have to keep secret running around on the street taking care of business. I think it's probably just a perfect storm of a lot of of different supernatural powers fiction gaining a lot of traction over the latter half of the last decade and the momentum being carried on into this one.

    I'm waiting for the WW2-inspired period military fiction boom myself :D (and in its absence writing my example).


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