"Misfits," "The Fades," "Being Human" and "Lost Girl" allow viewers to escape into a different reality and imagine what it would be like to have special powers or a heroic destiny. I liked one of these shows a lot, and I fell a little in love with another.
While his animated version in Puss in Boots holds broader appeal, the more perverse skin Antonio Banderas wears in The Skin I Live In is drawing a very different kind of audience. Both, however, are equally passionate about leather, knives and fur.
Today, film and video games are the most culturally dominant story-telling forms, and both increasingly rely on comics as the source of ideas and concepts. How is it that these super hero plotlines became the entertainment industry's favorite formula?
In the not too distant future of Anna North's debut novel, Darcy lives on the island of America Pacifica -- one of the last habitable places on earth after the second ice age. I spoke with her about the politics of her novel, and science-fiction.