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Superhero Fic: Science Fiction or Fantasy?

Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Christopher Wright, May 29, 2012.

  1. Well I guess that would place Superhero stories more on the fantasy side of things, since that puts them in Mythology status -- Hercules, Perseus, Zeus... Thor, God of Thunder...
     
  2. S.T. Ockenner

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    It would be science fantasy.
     
  3. S.T. Ockenner

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    I see it as the other way around. Romance, mystery, action? Those are all flavors. The only genres are[Speculative Fiction]and Realistic Fiction. When I say Speculative Fiction, I wanted to change it to Sci-Fi and Fantasy, but thestupid Mythic Scribes system won't let me edit words, only replace letters with other letters, so I ended up making it say Fantadeastic Fiction.
     
  4. Insolent Lad

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    I would maintain there are three genres (or maybe we should use some other word than genre): Realist Fiction, Surrealistic Fiction, and Speculative Fiction. Realism gives us the world 'as it is,' Surrealism takes that real world and twists it, Speculative Fiction creates a new reality. By these definitions, 'magic realism' would be a flavor of Surrealism, not Speculative Fiction.

    And I stole this more-or-less from Ursula K. Le Guin.
     
  5. S.T. Ockenner

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    When I say flavor, I mean mystery or action or romance. The way the story is told. Magical Realism would be a genre/subgenre. Also, that is not the commonly accepted definition- in the modern definition, surrealism fits under speculative fiction.
     
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    I consider genre to be tied to subject matter, not how it is told. Mystery is about mysteries. Romance is about romance. Science fiction is about science...sort of. And I very much hold by those three 'categories' I mentioned underlying all fiction.
     
  7. S.T. Ockenner

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    Romance is a flavor applied to realistic fiction (most romances), fantasy (which tends to be involving vampires, sadly enough), or sci fi (aliens falling in love, and whatnot)
     
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    I second this. Further evidence is how superhero fiction, especially literature, has its own set conventions. I’ve seen masks, personae, “power classes” for lack of a better word, and the like imitated repeatedly in superhero fiction and only superhero fiction.
     
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