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Sometimes it really freaks me out how many of my fictional heroes are younger than me now.
I mean not counting immortals, there's a whole lot of twenty something or even thirty something heroes, the sort I used to look up to and use the idea of to get me through the dark.
And now I kind of want to feed them and make sure they dress warm and just... go save the world before all that stuff can get to them.
Cause it shouldn't be the youngers job.
Except they're the grown ups with the competence, so, actually it is.

Freaks me out.

And like there's still Tony Stark or Phil Coulson or, depending on interpretation and era, Hawkeye and Batman and all sorts. If I count the Justice Society there's plenty of grandpa heroes. It's not that the map gets empty from here.

It's more that they're all, like, leaders. Pinnacle of a long career.

I don't really empathise with that part.

And it's ever harder to write myself into the story. I mean, there's plenty of me, if I count the olds who try and stop the hero by saying it's too dangerous, or suggesting there might be ethical issues with their approach, but there's not exactly a lot who are supposed to have a point.

I'm just reading a lot of JLI era fanfic right now and they're all so young
they don't only make me feel inspired, they make me feel guilty
and woefully under achieved.

I should go read a different set of stories. They exist. They even exist in arms reach.

It's just passage of time or lack thereof in comics worlds make everything super highlight the me being older thing.

... beats the alternative.

Date: 2017-08-06 12:47 am (UTC)
ironymaiden: (Belle)
From: [personal profile] ironymaiden
reading Julia Child's My Life in France was helpful for me. it felt so good to know that she didn't even start cooking until she was in her late 30s.

in comics, i'll note that Captain Marvel and Spider Woman aren't kids either.

Date: 2017-08-07 02:02 pm (UTC)
baronjanus: (Joss - emotional maturity)
From: [personal profile] baronjanus
MaternalSue ;)

Giles and Ethan would be in their 60s now. If I write a new fic, I can choose if they are 65 or 45 or 25. But the show remains encapsulated in time.


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