The Great American
                Novel Act 1:
                the danger Act 2: rising action Act 3: the ball Act 4: crisis Act 5: triumph the Franklinverse part 2, act 1:
                the new danger

Why this site exists

Fiction matters

To some people, fiction is just escapism. it lets us forget the real world. To others, like, me, fiction is a simplified and heightened form of the real world. Heroes are more heroic, dangers are more dramatic, and abstract fears become concrete monsters. Good fiction lets us explore the real world in a brighter, clearer way. In reality, all consciousness is fiction our brains are but simplified versions of the infinitely complicated real world "out there". Fiction matters. But in the final analysis, this web site is only a hobby. It is my sandbox, where I play. I hope others find it useful, but if they don't that's OK. I made it for myself. If you think I am misguided or wasting my time, then don't read any further. Have a nice day.

About me

Me when I was 16.

My name is Chris Tolworthy. I grew up reading the Fantastic Four.

For 28 years the FF developed a single story, and it was epic! Every issue mattered! I grew to care about these characters like they were real people. They grew and changed just as I did,

Then it all stopped.

Starting in 1989, history was thrown out. Stories no longer moved forwards. The multi year story was abandoned.

So I made this web site. I wanted to show why the original story was so wonderful.

As the years went by I realized I would never succeed. What I find wonderful, other people find dull. Oh well. Such is life. Everyone is different.

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You think I take comics seriously?
Wait 'til you see my other web sites!


About the movies and the comics today

The Fantastic Four movies and comics have been lacklustre for many years. It is easy ot fix that: return to the original formula as outlined by Stan lee in issue 9.

incredible exploits and down to earth realism make              this the world's greatest comic magazine

 Mix incredible exploits with down to earth realism. Click the link for details. Or read any modern comic to see how not to do it: too much standing around. Too little connection with the real world.

To guarantee fast action and realism I would set the title in real time. Click the link for why.

Realistically, I don't expect the Fantastic Four will ever be either incredible or realistic ever again. At least, not in my lifetime. But that's OK. The original story provides enugh material for many lifetimes of enjoyment. It has a beginning, middle, and end, and perhaps it is better that way.

The Great American Novel