I read an article recently discussing things fantasy and science fiction could really use more of. At the top of that list was “A sense of fun.”
Yeah, you could definitely say that’s missing.
In my most recent interview (check out #sffwrtcht on Twitter if you’re interested in giving it a glance) I mentioned that my strongest writing influences are Walt Simonson’s epic run on Marvel Comic’s Thor series, Duck Tales, and Darkwing Duck. You could also throw in monster movies, and, though I only discovered them after I’d been writing for a while, the pulp adventure stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs. I’m no longer self-conscious about admitting that because those are worthy influences, and they’ve made me a better writer.