Why ‘The Boys’ failed – thoughts on mythopathic storytelling

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Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

One thought on “Why ‘The Boys’ failed – thoughts on mythopathic storytelling

  1. Just wanted to share what we thought after me and the hubby listened and reflected. We thought that perhaps Homelander really didn’t have a mythic back story — the vying for love and adoration and the wounded pathological character he is might be the character that was intended.

    That said the idea of lifting a character high, and showing their mythic possibilities (before bringing them low) was actually done quite well with the story of Stormfront. As Starlight is experiencing sexual harassment in a number of ways, Stormfront comes in almost in a feminist, empowering way – to a certain extent freeing Startlight, and providing a certain amount of cathartic release for the audience as Starlight finally catches a beacon of light. Of course this all comes crashing to the ground when Stormfront is discovered to be anti-semetic, and not only a nazi sympathizer but an actual card carrying member of the nazi regime.



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