Els Lee

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    Is the appeal of Groot unique in the superhero genre?

    In the midst of latex suits and end-of-world-scenarios, Groot is an anomaly. Why would ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ writers give Groot a character arc which parallels stages of human development, including infancy? Arguably, his presence allows the compassion to be revealed in other characters and also, completes the idea of a family structure in Guardians. Are there other characters who play this role in other branches of the Marvel/DC universes?

    • Just going to leave this right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGAQuxSuTi4 – ProtoCanon 2 months ago
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    • He is a classic gentle giant. His death in the first guardians really caught many viewers by surprise. – ivyskiss 2 months ago
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    I agree! I think there’s a charisma and level of fun that Ironman/Avengers/Guardians characters bring that DC (so far and on the big screen) has failed to replicate, including in the publicity. Wonderwoman has gotten a bit closer.

    The Success of Marvel Movies and Why DC Falls Short

    Interesting! Do you think hipsters are the new hippies – i.e. back to handicrafts/artisanal objects as well?

    Coleridge, The Hippie: Romanticism and The Counter Culture

    I agree that the intriguing hook is often necessary, especially when the writer is still in their early career and needs to convince the editor/reader to keep going. I’d also say, we’re gun-shy about using weather as an opener partly because of sentences like the one which inspired the Bulwer-Lytton contest (‘It was a dark and stormy night’). These are easy to make fun of. Maybe future generations will make fun of the intriguing hook.

    How time and readers' expectations have affected opening sentences