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Pools of the Day #1762

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Pools of the Day #1762

My friends are all currently occupied with their own adventures, so tonight went by quietly. I spent my time wading through these pools of light, each brimming with its own style of stories.

Stories serve many different purposes, but perhaps the greatest one – the reason we keep searching for more – is that they make us feel things we otherwise never would. Through these carefully constructed stories, whether film or novel or video game, we’re given access to the entire emotional spectrum; an author has the ability to reach into your brain and cross wires, flip switches you never knew existed or that you’ve locked away. In real life we do everything we can to avoid sadness, but sad stories are still deeply compelling – often more so than happy ones. Every emotion we’re capable of – even the heart-wrenching, soul-crushing ones, wrath and despair, panic, dread, jealousy – are worth knowing, and stories allow us to immerse ourselves in those experiences in a safe way.

To enjoy a story is to give the author control of your mind, to be played like a musical instrument; it means making yourself vulnerable in a way similar to falling in love with someone.

Books can do this. Film can do this. You may doubt it, but video games can do this. A few nights ago, I pushed away media to pay attention to nothingness; tonight I embraced media in several forms. Both were fantastic.

a narrow behold

Written by Umbrella Man

July 20, 2013 at 2:27 am

Posted in books and movies, pixels

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