A Twitter post by Ava Sterling, (link to her blog “What I Write” is to the right) who follows this blog and is an amazing erotica writer, inspired me to write this.
Much of the public today doesn’t understand the attraction that superheroes hold for others. This is my attempt at explaining that, and why a good portion of this blog has stories focusing on them.
In the bigger picture, we live in a world where everything seems upside down and out of control. Everything is exaggerated and distorted by special interests and the media. This is on both sides of every issue in my opinion. Real world heroes are human and have flaws which are exposed and they’re torn down. People love their heroes though. They want role models and to believe there are people out there who can make a difference. Superheroes have taken the place of knights in shining armor in the eyes of some of the public. Others gravitate towards Jason Bourne type characters, but the general pattern holds true.
Marvel movies are so popular because they give people heroes who stand up for their beliefs and go the distance to do what’s right. Then there’s the fact that everything superheroes do is on a grandiose scale which makes for great modern special effects movies. Sadly the comic companies themselves are losing money like mad on their actual books. There are multiple reasons, but the biggest one is that they’ve just forgot their audiences and try to make the characters and world as muddied as the real world.
Metahumans can be just as three dimension and suited for grown ups as any characters though. They simply need intelligent story telling.
On a personal level, I’m doing fan fiction so I don’t burn through story ideas for my own erotica of all flavors. I need to improve a bit before I’m on Ava’s level (And thus ready to try getting published), and this is my personal training regimen. Taking something like the objectified and stereotyped characters of Danger Babe Central and turning them into more three dimensional characters with unique personalities and motivations is a major exercise in creativity and writing also. All the more so if I want to keep some of the exaggerated sexual vulnerabilities these characters have while making them human beings.
I’ll be the first to admit that the vast majority of fan fiction is complete drivel. If I write a Star Wars story, it may not be on the level of Alan Dean Foster also. I can promise you it’ll be better than a lot of blogged writing though. So, if you’ve only read my “normal” stories, I hope you’ll give the other stuff a look also.