Quick– name something all stories have that life never has: An ending!
Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov famously said that “If in the first act you have a pistol hanging on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise,” he said, “don’t put it there.” Adhering to … More
I love stories. Whether it’s in the form of novels, comic books, theatre, movies or television, I love fiction. Stories are comforting. They make sense. They exist in a universe where things happen for a reason and people get what’s coming to them. I love to temporarily immerse myself in a world where, if I’m good, I won’t die in a horrible accident. Or if I do, at least everyone will remember me lovingly and I’ll probably come back as an awesome ghost or something.
In stories, justice is important. If the villain gets away with his villainy, it’s infuriating. If the hero doesn’t get rewarded, it’s depressing.
The thing is, we don’t live in a story. More