It's my senior year of college and that means I'm wrapping up my knowledge of mass communication. One of my last classes is News and Feature Writing and for the next several weeks, this blog will serve as a vessel for my writings. I hope you enjoy! For today's installment, here's a little bit about stories, what they are, and why you should care.
Society and Stories
A story is a life. Fictional or real. They're lives. Stories have brought us characters like Jane Eyre and James Bond. They've told of amazing people like Malala Yousafzai and John F. Kennedy. They take us to places like Oz and Neverland, and we go on journeys that aren't soon forgotten.
Most stories are associated with books, but stories aren't limited to the written word. They're found in movies, TV shows and even music. They can even be found in real life with people like you and me.
They're underappreciated and sometimes go unnoticed. However, the day that all stories vanished would be the day that everyone noticed something was different.
For me they're important because people need to know about the young girl who risked her life for the right to be educated. People need an escape from the turmoil of their own lives, and what better way to find that escape than to hop into a world of unbirthdays, random tea parties, talking animals, and crazy queens with an obsession for beheadings? It gives people the chance to put aside their stresses and the things that cause them anxiety and for a day, an hour, or even ten minutes immerse themselves in the lives of others.
I'm a writer and someday I hope to also be a film director, cinematographer, and producer. My life is consumed with stories. I love hearing about other people and the lives they've lived, because it reminds me that there are other people out there and I'm not alone. People who have seen things I've never dreamed of, and that gives me the push I need to explore one more hidden corner of the world. I also love creating stories. My favorite character I've created is Rebecca Dalton. She's a broken detective trying to make the world a better place. Sounds cliché, and I work every day to make sure she never becomes that.
Whether you craft them or enjoy them, stories are a part of you. They make you who you are and they are there to remind you that the world is a big place. You're problems are not the worst in the world. You are not the best. You are not alone. Someone understands.
A world without stories is a world I would never want to experience.