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Okay, you guys. This has been on my mind for quite a long time...
Why aren't there any more pieces of media about giant humans or humanoids?
What has happened to the collective medium that it has cast away giant humans as a plot point? Have they "grown out of it", or are they simply shunning it for whatever reasons?
I can offer up a few arguments, as well as plenty of counterarguments.
1. "Giant human stories are stupid and corny/cheesy!"
Back in an era fearful of nuclear radiation, not knowing its effects on the human race and other creatures, many movies studios were keen on making a quick buck on exploiting this fear, usually through the idea of gigantifying creatures due to such exotic rays. One such radiation-based growth was "The Amazing Colossal Man", A.K.A. Glenn Manning, a human exposed to plutonium radiation that ends up growing to gigantic heights, with his heart and sanity unable to catch up. Other giant human stories of this era were "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman", where Nancy Archer, exposed to alien energy, becomes a tremendous problem for her unfaithful husband.
Perhaps the most infamously corny of giant human stories is "Village of the Giants", where it's a potion rather than radiation that makes a gang of rebellious teenagers grow giant, using their new-found power to try and take over their town. It is also possibly this film, among others of the 50's and 60's, that ruined the idea for any future filmmakers of using giant humans as a plot device. They'd have to use more "convincing" animals, like reptiles and insects, to get anywhere in Hollywood. Even then, gigantifying is a tricky business, all thanks to the B-movies of yesteryear.
Many of the modern day giant human movies, at least in the United States, draw upon the cult status of these B-movies and their "So Bad It's Good" appeal. Rarely if ever will you see a "serious" take on the subject due to the influence of these B-movies in popular culture, so strong that it has all but tainted the idea that a giant human or humanoid would be a terrifying force of super-nature. Japan is a little more serious with their giant monsters thanks to the influence of Godzilla and other tales of supernatural beings that represent the turmoil of Japan, both natural and man-made. It's highly dependent on culture, I guess.
2. "Giant humans are physically impossible!"
More than any other giant animal?? Many giant monster movies are made every day, mostly featuring reptiles and insectoids rather than mammals, let alone humanoids, as their feature creature. Perhaps this obsession with big lizards and bugs is fueled by the fascination with the possibility of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, where such tremendous beasts "ruled the Earth" with tooth and claw. Even now, people argue how these creatures could've grown and lived so large, what their bone structure and muscle was like, how they could've moved, and other such dissections.
For one thing, at least in the case of giant insects that lived in a time before dinosaurs, they lived in a point on Earth where the atmosphere was teeming with oxygen; compared, our oxygen supply now is scarce! This saturation of oxygen in the atmosphere meant that insects could grow to such lengths and take in such oxygen through their book lungs. As oxygen levels sunk, insects that couldn't take it slowly died out, while smaller insects that didn't need as much oxygen survived and prospered.
Even with science to tame any notions of tremendous beasties running about, the wild imagination refuses to die. Science is easy to tweak for the sake of good storytelling, but the human is not. Humanity can take a human being and make it evil, and it can also make it into an inhuman monster, but a human monster is hard to come by, mostly thanks to the uncanny valley (the theory that states that humanity is sensitive to how human something looks, and will find humanlike-but-not-quite images disconcerting at best). Perhaps this is why people can take giant bipeds like Godzilla, but not so much giant humanoids, due to our critical eye for human physics and biology.
3. "Giant humans are fetish fuel, not fit for anything outside of deviantART and FurAffinity!"
DeviantART, possibly more than any other internet art community (with few exceptions, including FurAffinity), would know about this expertly. Macrophilia is the sexual attraction for people of tremendous size, either mundanely so (few to several inches taller) or fantastically so (spyscraper to planetary height and taller). As the internet has become a place for discussion and acceptance of such bizarre philias and kinks, there have been many collection centers for art and writings of such gigantic fantasies.
However, despite what macro-haters and other disgruntled internet peoples have to rant about, loving gigantism isn't that big of a deal. Believe it or not, if you were to talk to the average person on the street on the subject, more than likely they would be neutral to the subject or otherwise not give a damn. Most people at best would tell you that gigantism is a fascinating subject to most people, not just the fetishists, due to the desire for power and control, even if such desire is subconscious. Real life giants such as Robert Wadlow and André "The Giant" Roussimoff have garnered much attention of all kinds (not just admiration or love) for their size.
To gain sexual excitement from the concept of giants isn't always "dirty"; perhaps it's just an unorthodox reaction in certain peoples to the concept of such power being wielded by something that can use it with intelligence and purpose, or at least to their own benefit and entertainment. Being anything-sexual in any case is really a strange concept to begin with; it seems natural that what it means to be sexual and to whom or what would twist so strangely as the human population continues to grow and spread.
Now that I got those out of the way, I have a few arguments of my own to justify why giant humans could have a revival.
‣‣ Giant humans could possibly present a greater threat than a giant animal.
Think about it. Humans haven't come this far because of their strength or power, they've gone so far because of their intelligence. While humanity is keen it seems to be so critical about whether humans are truly as intelligent as they propose, note that no other animal seems to do the same for its own species, mostly because their brainpower is dedicated to survival. Since we as a species seem to have avoided nearly every natural danger, our brains are left free to think about such trivialities as who is the next American Idol.
If such intelligence was possessed by a humanoid of unusual size and strength, the possibilities would be much more than the usual stomping about and smashing buildings (though that arguably makes for better entertainment). With an intelligent giant human, they'd be able to practically reshape their world, almost literally pushing away any naysayers in their way. From their brainpower could come tremendous war machines or strange new structures that could only be made with a giant's strength. It would take a great effort of the "tiny" people in order to take this giant down, much like the biblical David and Goliath.
Even without genius intellect and ingenuity, humans have been able to use their strange, bipedal, primate bodies to good use. Humanity has excelled in the fields of endurance, strategy, and combat; while many animals can claim the label of strongest, fastest, or most durable, very few are the animals that are to put it all together to forge their own world. An athletic and strategic human giant would be able to avoid attack from the war machines of the "tiny" people, as well as know what to smash and when for best intimidation and conquest (and our entertainment).
‣‣ Giant humans are almost ever-present in many a world mythology.
Giants wouldn't be so popular if their influence didn't permeate human culture so strongly. From the giant humanlike gods of Mount Olympus to the fairy tales of Jack and his often brutal encounters with giant-kind, giants are a representation of humanity's untamed spirit that seems to dwell within even the tiniest of minds and bodies.
Such is the nature of myth that it seems to spring up from nowhere. Such modern myths of America, John Henry and Paul Bunyan, are little more than invention or "fake" folklore, but their influence is almost mythically strong thanks to their connection with the giant untamed spirit of humanity. Paul Bunyan in particular was made in a time when American woodsmen feared nature more than any tremendous beast, and so was made a human that represented the courage it took to conquer the untamed woods, and as his influence spread, his image grew to nearly as tall as the trees he felled.
Good or evil, giant humans are hard to conquer. They could be guardians, warriors, beasts of burden, and much much more, if they obey the tiny humans. If not, they could be as powerful as the forces of nature, with breath like a windstorm, a voice like thunder, and resounding footsteps that rumble the ground like an earthquake. Perhaps to early peoples, the forces of nature were these giants, anthropomorphized with reason and intent for doing what they do to and for the "tiny" people.
‣‣ Giant humans deserve a second chance with good writers and artists.
Understandably, giants are iffy subjects due to people that have written them into the mud. From B-movies to deviant fan works, giants have little credibility anymore in modern media, save for comedic tales and unique kinks. However, like many an old genre can have a fantastic revival, giant humans only need a good story to revive their status as tremendous titans of awesome proportions.
Giants need not be bound by the constraints of science that states them impossible, but they do need to be believable, at least to a certain amount, so that the audience does not have to stretch their suspension of disbelief. They need to be heavy, but not weighed down to a crawl; they can move gracefully, even somewhat quickly, but they need to move like they weigh tons, not pounds. Their breath should be deep, but able to be formed into words. Even if the answer of science say "no", knowing it might make giants a little better to interact with our world.
Giants smashing buildings and squishing puny humans is one thing, but getting them to be novel and re-watchable is another. As the world is full of many tropes, plot devices, and other wonderful possibilities, mixing a few of them with the usual giant mayhem might just be their ticket to their revival. A good writer needs not force a giant into something to "make it work", but to understand their giant and use them in ways both expected and novel for the purpose of a good story.
I'm not the best person to argue for these sorts of things, as I am very biased and a bit macrophilic. However, in all my 20-some years on Earth, I say that there's still nothing better than giant humans, not because I am in love with them or even their concept, but because I believe the concept is greater than any B-movie or fetish group, and that they deserve to have a stronger place in the collective conscious of the popular media.
What are your thoughts on the matter? I'm not afraid to hear the arguments against it; I'd just love to hear more intellectual discussion than the usual flame wars and trolling that I've had to scum through in my years of internet surfing.