marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

supers and sense

The more I think about it, the more I think that the superhero genre is predicated on not making sense.  Especially when I considered borderline cases.

Take Girl Genius.  The mad scientist is a staple of superhero tales.  But the Spark is the guiding principle of the world, and so steampunk.

Or Operation Chaos.  A werewolf and a witch could be a feature of superhero tales.  Especially a werewolf so little limited by the traditional problems of the type.  But the world is too consistently magic and working on magical principles.

Even when you have a common initiating event or a meta-origin, the wild and woolly principles, running from sufficiently advanced technology to outright magic to slippery science, is part of the genre.

Meanwhile, I know my own superheroine walked into a cave or some such and touched a glowing gem.  And I know one other superhero claims to have won his powers gambling, which is why they are so random. . . .

I may even decide not to give more origins.
Tags: genre: superheroes, mad scientists, superpowers, world-building: general

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