When the flying alien with super strength stepped out of his spaceship, a super scientist, a genetically engineered energy being, a man from the future with robotic parts, and a small super genius child who befriended a sentient power armor stepped up to fight him. Obviously, that's all perfectly average for a comic book, but what about a novel? Can novels lean on tropes and expect the reader to just go with that kind of stuff, or does each source of power need to be explained, detailed, and elaborated on? I read this article: https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2015/may/20/fantasy-imaginary-worlds-george-r-r-martin-robin-hobb Which tilted me a little, because I love fantasy, or thought I did, but I do not give a f--- about world building or magic systems. I like the aesthetic of myth, folklore, fairy tale, and fantasy, but I do not care about world building. So, do I like fantasy at all? Maybe not according to this guy. Same with super heroes. If I'm reading a novel and Mike opened a box when he was twelve that causes a blast of energy to shoot out of his eyes every day at noon, and he's made peace with it, whatever. I don't need to find out where the box came from, or require that all powers come from the box, or have sources somehow related to the box. I don't care. If he got it from a box, and another guy was born with it, and another is an alien, and another a future robot, I don't care. It doesn't bother me. I'm not even curious about it. I want that aesthetic, and I want the interpersonal story, and I want the plot. Is that permissible in any kind of novel, even fantasy, or is that kind of thing something else? Literary fiction? Speculative fiction? Alternate history? When I think of writing a superhero story, I think of things like: What if two friends started beefing over grant money? What if a group of kids had to survive a weird alien? What if a woman woke up with the memories of (edit: that's good shit, keeping it). I don't think: What are the effects on a world from a new material that retains all of the heat from a chemical reaction of a new element that lets people levitate by thinking about their childhood? What if all spells came from a lantern and the lantern was dying? I do not care about that shit. I don't. I don't even think of it. This thing about world building and magic systems is just stifling to me. Goodnight.