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Smithville Thunderbolt

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Jonathan

Subj: Re: Superboy?
Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 at 01:09:34 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: Superboy?
Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 at 08:23:20 am EST

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> > The answer is that the death of super heroes in comic books is NOT good.
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> > If you enjoy death, turn on the news.
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> What about deaths in other media? Do you think that movies or novels shouldn't portray death?

A movie or novel that is a one-shot-deal will do what it does when it is fiction. I avoid fiction that kills someone. I have not read an Andrew Vachss novel since he killed the dog.

I did not appreciate Clancy's movie killing James Earl Jones.

But both of these are intended to be realistic.

Comic books are not.

I find out if something bad happens before I pick up a book or watch a movie. I do that because I avoid being wounded. I don't need an extra trigger to start a depressive episode or a panic attack.

Am I taking it all too seriously? Of course. It is part of my mental illness. I can't be a different way. If I could, I would not be taking pills and seeing a psychiatrist.

Comic books are not novels or movies. I'd like to have one safe place.

And Harry Potter, as yet, has not allowed anyone new to die. Dumbledore didn't die, he simply became a faceless, nameless actor who is not making us forget Richard Harris. I wonder if they made any attempt to get Ian McLellan or someone else who could actually bring something to the role.

> But both of these are intended to be realistic.
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> Comic books are not.

Well, the reality is that the creators today are trying for a realistic approach (though sometimes to a fault I think). Many creators today are novelists and screenwriters, and they apply the same methods to their comic writing as they do to their other work.

> Comic books are not novels or movies. I'd like to have one safe place.

That's certainly understandable, and my suggestion is the get the DC books based on the animated properties. There is certainly no shortage of them. Over on the Marvel side, I highly recommend the Marvel Adventures line. You'll get good stories without death or excessive violence. And of course, there is always Silver Age collections.



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