Our Heroes, Ourselves

From The Hunger Games to Harry Potter, heroic fantasy is hot stuff. These modern epics tap into our frustrated impulse to be 21st-century knights, reflect changing social norms—and may even help unleash the workaday hero in each of us.

How to Be a Hero

By Jeff Wise

Deep within you are powers you'll never know you have—until they're unlocked by fear.

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a Girl?

By Kat McGowan

Why there are so few female heroes.

Heroism and The Hunger Games

By Joan C Williams

What do the brave characters of today's hottest series tell us about gender?

Why We Need Saviors

By Ethan Gilsdorf

Fantasy and science fiction are now front and center in our culture—for good reason.

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