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Following The Rules

The more I read and the more I write, the more that I notice how stories are all fundamentally the same. This is hardly a unique thought. The Greeks understood it well enough to define every aspect of their theater around it. And, in many ways, the thousands of years between us and them have only added a couple new formulas and hundreds of thousands of embellishments.

What’s the point of writing (or reading) if every story is just the same thing in new packaging? Well, personally, I tend to like shiny new packages, but, that weakness aside, people continue reading and telling the same basic stories because they work. Now, I never went in for the idea that there’s a universal Oedipal complex or anything like that, but there is a reason that a basic storyline works. Normal person stumbles into extraordinary situation; overcoming obstacles turns person into a hero; hero’s life can never be normal again. Doesn’t sound like much, but, hey, it worked for Neverwhere and Star Wars, didn’t it? Or maybe Ender’s Game? Or The Lord of the Rings?
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Neil Gaiman

Well, it’s official now. Having seen Mirrormask and just finished reading Neverwhere, I am now a fan. I now applaud my decision to buy American Gods at the same time as Neverwhere, and my goal is to prevent myself from picking up the book until it’s time to fly back to Cleveland. I suspect that having a nice big novel to accompany me across the eastern half of the U.S. will make the day much more enjoyable.

In the meantime, I’m chewing over an idea for a longer writing-related post later.

Speaking of writing, should story excerpts suddenly appear here in quick succession there is no need for alarm. The blog has not been hijacked. It simply means that I’m getting closer to being finished with redesigning S-S.N.