Jul. 21st, 2014 @ 10:43 am Comments on "An Open Rant to Aspiring Superheroes"
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I liked seeing how suspicious many people were about the League of Superheroes in this story. I tried to make the other groups realistically varied, evil like hedge funds or illegal wars, with a fairly stable place in the world even if you don't like it, rather than like Demons of Pure Evil (which I think is a problem with many superhero stories). But I intended the League to be exactly as seemed: a bit ineffectual, but generally well-meaning and mostly trying to do a good job. I was pleasantly surprised I'd built in enough ambiguity people could see the world from a completely different viewpoint to me and the story still worked.

I was curious:

* How many people read the story
* If you did, which bits of the world you were curious about?
* Where you thought the League fell on a scale from "pure good" to "pure evil" :)

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From:woodpijn
Date:July 21st, 2014 11:44 am (UTC)
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I mostly believed the narrator; I maybe have a tendency to take things like that too much at face value if not given any explicit reason not to. But I'd enjoy seeing something similar written by one of the opposing factions :)
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Date:July 21st, 2014 12:47 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I tend to be very face-value when reading too. I'm very interested in unreliable narrators, but I'm annoyed when they suddenly show up without warning. I'd not considered if that might affect how I wrote :)

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From:rjw76
Date:July 21st, 2014 07:19 pm (UTC)
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I thought the League reminded me of a chronically underfunded government agency. So, not evil, but also not always able to do the best for people, much to its own sadness.
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:July 22nd, 2014 10:01 am (UTC)
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Yeah, that's a really good description.