Matt Hatjoulis

Matt Hatjoulis

Writer, Comedian, Filmmaker, Musician and Gamer. Winner of various fictitious awards. Terrible athlete except for ping pong. Fluent in English and Pop Culture References.

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    The Enduring Popularity of Spider-Man

    Whether it’s Peter Parker, Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen or one of the other dozen versions of Spider-Man, people love this character. What is it about this character that has endeared him to audiences for over 50 years. Is it the stories that he’s been involved in, the cast of characters around him or is it what he represents that has resonated with people so well for so long. By looking at the history of the character through all mediums, analyze what is it about the wall crawler that makes him and all his variants such a timelessly likable character.

    • I like this topic a lot because one of the most important things for superheroes to be popular and culturally important is their relatability. Even some of the most popular characters like Superman and Batman that have unbelievable abilities maintain some aspects of ourselves as humans like struggling with restraint, trauma, loss, identity, belonging, etc. Looking through the history of Spider-Man, he seems to be marketed as one of the most clearly, universally relatable heroes since his iterations are usually young humans dealing with very common young human issues like love, family, and even work-life balance. I think writing on this topic would require the targeted marketing of Spider-Man as an every-man/woman type to be explored more fully in connection with his overall likability and resonance. – Aaron 9 months ago
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    • I think even beyond his colorful and striking design, Spider-Man's resonance is sourced from him dealing with everyday problems many, if not, most people can relate to. Though he's a hard worker, he's poor, he's bullied, struggles in romance, handling his job, etc. All this on top of being a superhero who risks his life every day defending NYC citizens who are often ungrateful (depending on the writer). It grounds him as a character and shows that anyone can wear the mask, i.e be a hero who helps others, even in the face of adversity. – ImperatorSage 9 months ago
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    • The spider-man story usually starts in high school, and I think that is part of what makes it so appealing. The character is so average and relatable. He acts like any one of us would act. – kairigainsborough 4 months ago
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    Matt Hatjoulis

    As someone who has wanted to pursue a career in the arts since I was a kid, I couldn’t agree more. My whole life people have asked me what my real job is gonna be when things don’t work out and I always tell them it’s gonna work out because I’ll make it work out. I want to provide people with the same thing my favorite creative works gave me throughout life. An escape from the grimness of our world and maybe an inspiration to help change it.

    Creative Writing is the Sincerest Form of Reality
    Matt Hatjoulis

    The story is lackluster most likely because it was an afterthought compared to the multiplayer.

    For Honor's Lachrymose Lore
    Matt Hatjoulis

    I saw the Beowulf movie when I was around 12, I didn’t know anything about it, I just thought it was a movie and nothing more. When I was in high school and learned it was an old English poem I assumed it would read like Shakespeare so I avoided it at all cost. I don’t remember what eventually got me to read it but I know when I did, not only was I amazed at how easy it was to read and understand, but how enjoyable it was.

    Mastering Writing Skills Through Reviewing the Poem Beowulf
    Matt Hatjoulis

    It amazes me how some anime are able to convey their themes and connect emotionally better than most live action shows are able to.

    Violet Evergarden: Learning Empathy and The Lost Art of Letters