I'm not certain if this would be categorized under science-fiction or fantasy, seeng as this genre can include aspects from both (or neither). Due to the increase in hype for superhero movies over the past few years and for the next few years to come, I felt that it could be appropriate to have a general thread to discuss superhero literature. Please be warned that this first post may come across as a rant- which in all fairness it probably is- but I hope that it can become more of an active discussion with time. In general, my experiences with the genre have been relatively mixed. Whilst you sometimes get stories that are really interesting, a lot of the ones I've seen and read have been rather repetitive in plot points and perspectives. The protagonists are often brooding male anti-heroes or young females who just learn that they have powers, with the plots either going along the lines of villains becoming the hero or heroes/heroines learning that being a superhero isn't as glamorous as it seems at first. There are diamonds in the rough- the online series Worm by John McCrae, for example, is a great story with diverse characters and a great portrayal of different viewpoints of a world with superheroes, ranging from heroes, villains, common henchmen, to the powerless people that have to make a living amongst them. However, many of the other stories in the genre fall into ballpits of cliches or find themselves with characters that are one-dimensional replicas of other characters in the genre- Prepare To Die! sadly comes to mind, as I only realized after my second reading of the book how bad it was. Despite this, it is quite possible that the superhero genre will still be sought after by those that want to see fresh outlooks on the genre and its ensuing tropes. I myself have jumped on this bandwagon as one of the stories I'm currently working on is within this genre, and I'd like to avoid the issues that I have seen in it as much as possible. With all of that in mind, what are your opinions on the genre? What aspects of the superhero genre would you like to see explored more in literature, or any that you would like changed? Personally, two things I'd like to see more of are superhero stories from the perspectives of those who do not wish to get involved for reasons beyond "it's not my fight", and also origins of powers being for a time zone that isn't WWII or the present day.