Why Do We Love Superheroes So Much?

Why Do We Love Superheroes So Much?

With the increasing popularity of superheroes in television and movies, there has to be a reason, right?

Superheroes are everywhere nowadays. From TV to the big screen, they no longer belong to the comic book world. While they used to only be adored by comic book fanatics, it is hard to find someone who doesn't know who Captain America or the Green Lantern is. This is vastly due to the overwhelming success of the superhero film genre that has started a cultural obsession.

Movies of this genre have been around since the 1940s, however they didn't reach incredible popularity until the 2000s. Movies like "Spider-Man," "Fantastic Four," "X-Men," and "The Dark Knight" took these types of movies to a new level partially due to new technologies that allowed for better and more believable visual effects. Then, in 2008, Marvel did the unthinkable; it created a shared universe for its characters, better known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This universe, that began with Robert Downey Jr.'s portrayal of Iron Man, is still expanding today, now incorporating TV shows such as "Daredevil" and "Agents of Shield." Seeing the success and the fandom of the Marvel Studios, Warner Bros. created the DC Extended Universe with the release of "Man of Steel."

So why is it that we love these characters and these stories so much?

First and foremost, heroic figures provide examples of idealistic behavior. Average individuals, like ourselves, aspire to be like them. They inspire us to be better, to do the right thing and to be selfless. At the same time they are very human and relatable: they are flawed, they make mistakes. What sets them apart, however, is that they learn from those mistakes and they don't let those flaws hold them back.

Second, they are just so freakin' cool. There is no denying that some of those action scenes are a major cause for goosebumps, also known as "nerd-gasms." This is all thanks to the astonishing work done by stunt doubles and of course, CGI artists. These characters are incredibly skilled sometimes by nature, sometimes by training, and to portray something as unreal as flying or super-speed or whatnot, is no easy task. Yet it is done extremely well.

Finally, they give us hope. In a world where we are bombarded by bad news and sadness, it is good to find an escape and a level of security with these characters. Sure, superheroes aren't real, but one can dream. They also remind us that though superheroes and superpowers may not exist, heroes do, and we are surrounded by them. From the people who love us, to those who risk their lives every day for a bigger cause, someone is out there looking out for each one of us.

This cult doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon. This year, 2016, is projected to be a big year for superheroes movies as it has been shown by "Deadpool" and its incredible reception. Other movies to look out for are "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," "Suicide Squad," "Captain America: Civil War" and "Doctor Strange." Beloved characters on the small screen like "Arrow," "Flash," "Gotham" and so on, also aren't going anywhere, and I'm sure they'll continue to bring entertainment to our living rooms.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

Cover Image Credit: OrderOfBooks

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