Wanna share a great observation about Logan I saw:

One thing that stuck out for me.

Remember how the trailer reveals X-Men comics exist in the universe of this movie? And how some reaction to that was just weird? Well, watching Logan, something struck me about the use of those comics beyond just the whole “It contains the coordinates for Eden” angle.  

Logan has been compared to a Western; Xavier and Laura/X-23 are watching Shane and she even quotes the film during her eulogy to Logan. Well, during the late 19th to early 20th century, there were “Dime Store Novels,” which were considered cheap, sensationalist stories. The most popular ones were Westerns, featuring fictionalized accounts of real-life figures such as Jesse James, Buffalo Bill, Kit Carson, Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, etc. Which, of course, enhanced their already legendary status. Thing is, the dime store novels are considered the literary ancestor of…you guessed it, comic books.

Thus in the world of Logan, comics are the dime store novels. Which not only further underscores the Western parallel, but that mutants, while real, are now all but extinct and considered figures of legend…just like the gunfighters of the Old West.  

Want more? Gunslingers were considered outlaws, and were “hated and feared” while alive. Now we consider them almost heroic. In the world of Logan, mutants were hated and feared, too. But there are moments in the film where Logan encounters folks who, when they learn he’s a mutant, don’t react with fear, but rather with awe and respect, like the doctor who Laura brings to Logan. Which makes Xavier dream of humans no longer fearing mutants ironically and tragically fulfilled.

  • Peter: Hey Prof, you should let me help you teach!
  • Charles: I think I have a class you can pick up. If you really, absolutely must.
  • {the next day}
  • Peter: Alright class, let's keep reading from chapter three of Ivanhoe. Who'd like to start us off today?
  • Peter's internal monologue: WHY WOULD ANYBODY READ THIS BOOK WHAT DID I DO TO DESERVE THIS THE TEACHER SHOULD NOT BE AS BORED AS THE STUDENTS WHAT AM I SUPPOSED BE LEARNING FROM THIS AUGH *general screaming*

Rec me good fics that explore Charles Xavier’s abuse respectfully and non-stereotypically

Rec me good fics where meeting Erik helps but does not cure

Rec me good fics with Charles Xavier repressing wide swathes of memories, or trying to rationalize the abuse.

Rec me good fics where Charles Xavier represses nothing and knows the abuse had no cause beyond Kurt’s inherent cruelty that he passed on to Cain

Rec me good fics regarding Charles Xavier’s state of mind.

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