META: Wish Fulfillment, WCs, and Mary Sues

martinphipps2 at martinphipps2 at
Mon Mar 13 23:00:05 PST 2006

Tom Russell wrote:
> 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?

Sure.  Although, in retrospect the "book ... novel" part may be


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