The Hero Saves the Planet
"In traditional superhero stories, the hero(ine) must sacrifice the thing they love most for the betterment of the world. But in Infinity War and Endgame, the heroes sacrifice the betterment of the world to save (or at least reconcile with) the things they love best. Individual interests win out over social or environmental restoration. Rather than securing the future we need, they save the world of the past. With superheroes like this, my sympathies lie with the villains..."
Questions to think about: Have books been mentors to you? Which books? Consider this quote from Elvis Presley, "When I was a boy, I always saw myself as a hero in comic books and movies. I grew up believing in this dream." He grew up to be king. What if none of the heroes in books or movies looked like you? What if you resembled the villain?
"A woman tries to set out on The Hero’s Journey only to find that Joseph Campbell didn’t believe that women take The Hero’s Journey. She must instead embark on The Lady Hero’s Journey."
Put a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish trait, of a childlike culture, that insists on anointing all active military members and police officers as “heroes.” The rhetorical sloppiness and intellectual shallowness of affixing such a reverent label to everyone in the military or law enforcement betrays a frightening cultural streak of nationalism, chauvinism, authoritarianism and totalitarianism, but it also makes honest and serious conversations necessary for the maintenance and enhancement of a fragile democracy nearly impossible.
"W. G. Sebald’s Emigrants was the first novel to show me how forward momentum can be created by way of a networking pattern rather than the traditional arc—or, in nature, wave. Other writers have used spiraling shapes, fractals, meanders, radial or explosive shapes . . . all of which have inspired me to explore new, organic ways to experiment, ways I examine through a museum of specimens in Meander, Spiral, Explode." -Jane Alison