META: Wish Fulfillment, WCs, and Mary Sues

Tom Russell milos_parker at
Sun Mar 12 21:29:18 PST 2006

martinphip... at wrote:

> If a comic book, book, movie or novel is not somebody's fantasy
> then who wrote it and to whom does it appeal to?  In order for a
> shared universe to have a widespread appeal, it has to appeal on
> a primal level.  If somebody says superhero comics are just "wish
> fulfillment" then he needs to explain what is entertainment that
> doesn't satisfy our wishes and what satisfaction at all you can get
> from it.

Elegantly said, Martin.  May I use that as a signature quote?


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