News and announcements about Soon I Will Be Invincible. Which is a book for people who think supervillains are kind of interesting and also want to read something smart and basically literate.
Congratulations to Mr. Grossman Sr.!I was wondering, have you read David J. Schwartz's 'Superpowers', or Perry Moore's 'Hero'? If so, what do you think of them?Oh, and do you know of any scholarly criticism/analysis of your novel? I'm trying to do a writer's journal for my creative writing Ph.D. (the main creative element I've written is a novel with a masked hero in it) and I'm struggling to find much on comic book/superhero fiction.Cheers,Dan Connell
Superhero fiction has certainly been tagged as a trend, but I'm not aware of any substantive criticism. I've heard of a few professors flirting with putting 'Invincible' on syllabi, but don't know any details.I tend to stay away from other superhero fiction as a rule - I have my own ideas & goals associated with putting superheroes into prose, and it mixes me up a little to spend time on other people's versions. The exception would be Jonathan Lethem's Fortress of Solitude.As for regular-comics criticism, I think Douglas Wolk's Reading Comics is unequalled. It came out last year from Da Capo.
Austin,Thanks for the reply. I think that there's some bits and pieces to do with Chabon and Lethem, but not much else. I guess I'm just going to have to stick my neck out do something about that!I know what you mean when it comes to other people's fiction - do you find it a problem trying to do a Ph.D. and write at the same time? I recently read Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road' whilst finishing the second draft of my novel. I found myself re-writing in this strange, Hemingway-esque dry narrative - which is quite different from the overall style. Do you find it an issue mixing reading with writing? (That question sounds so dumb now I've written it!)
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