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From Superhero-Fiction
Authors Trish Heinrich and Jeremy Flagg Geek Out Over Superhero Pop Culture

S1E15 - What Makes a Novel a Superhero Novel?

May 14th, 2020

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Trish - Almost done with this draft of Fire and Ice and ready to revise!

Jeremy - Also, almost done with the third book in his next series, hurray!

This month in Pop-Culture History

 

  • 1959 Supergirl, Kara Zor-El flew onto the scene, created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino.

 

  • 1980 Empire Strikes Back is released. Fun Fact: The movie was NOT a hit with fans, they hated Han and Leia together, they hated the ending, and many hated Darth Vader being Luke’s Dad.
  • 2010 - Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live, thanks to a push by fans on Facebook. She won an Emmy for her appearance and further cemented herself as one of the Queens of comedy. (There’s a GREAT Documentary on Netflix about Betty White if you want more awesome in your day.)

Geek Outs!

Trish-The Lady from the Black Lagoon  Chronicling the life and lost legacy of Millicent Patrick, this book is part biography of an amazing woman from Hollywood’s golden age, and part memoir of the author’s struggles with misogyny in Hollywood today. I was deeply moved by this book and can’t recommend it enough! If you’re a fan of movie monsters you need this book.  Get the book!

Jeremy- The Walking Dead - I don’t have a lot of time lately to spend on media, but the newest season is keeping me interested. The Whispers are a creepy ass villain and there’s even a bizarre zombie sex reference. But overall, there have been some episodes that made even my skin crawl and that’s a huge feat. The dead weight has been skimmed from the plot and we’re left with a tightly written story about survival and what happens when good people are pushed too far.

Deep Dive - So you think it’s a Superhero novel, huh?

Is it or isn’t it a Superhero Novel is one of the most talked-about and hotly debated topics when any superhero author brings up how their category has been overrun by non-superhero books. Today, Trish and Jeremy will introduce you to an easy way to answer this question. If only someone from Amazon were listening and would do something about this…

To help make it easier to figure out if a novel is indeed a superhero novel, we created the Heinrich-Flagg Test. To be considered a superhero novel, at least two members of the Avengers (from any given roster) must be able to exist in the novel without changing their origin or their powers.

So let’s try it with some popular characters:

  • Harry - Harry Potter - Fail
  • Katniss - Hunger Games - Fail
  • Eve Tanaka - Heroine Complex - Gray Area (leans toward Pass)
  • Buffy from Buffy - We tried, but Fail

QotW:  Who do you want us to put to the test? Send us that hero that is in the gray area between great hero and superhero.

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