"When I come up with a story and shape it, and someone reads it and thinks it was good. When my voice reaches people. There is nothing better than that."
~ Natsuki Takaya
A few months ago I was on a long car trip, squished between two people I did not know well in the back seat. After a few moments of relative silence, I fished a novel out of my bag and began to read.
One of the people next to me noticed this and asked, "Why do people like stories?"
The person on the other side of me said, "Why do people like candy?"
That conversation has come to mind often since that day, and I've spent a lot of time pondering that question of why humankind's love of "stories" is nearly universal. I think a better question would be, "Why are stories important to us?"
At a convention last spring, my sister-in-law and I were interviewed for a documentary on anime fans, and we were asked to explain what it is we like about anime. I answered right away, "Self-sacrifice." I sensed that seemed like a bizarre answer to the interviewer, so I attempted to explain further. ( Read more...Collapse )
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