META: Notes on a Genre I Love

Tom Russell milos_parker at
Sun Mar 8 13:07:26 PDT 2009

On Mar 8, 3:56 pm, I said:

>  the original Richard Donner Superman (another film that respects
> the concept without losing its sense of humour yet avoiding the
> pitfalls of camp that plagued the second and third films).

Which reminds me.  Donner once said that one couldn't be realistic
with material like Superman because, c'mon, it's a man who flies and
has all sorts of vision powers and can bend time to his will.  It's
inherently unrealistic.

What he went for instead was versimilitude.  And I think that's a
salient point for this discussion: superhero stories, like porno, can
never ever be realistic.  But both can have a degree of versimilitude
and engender a willing suspension of disbelief.

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