The storytelling hazard
I read this on twitter last night and I do not think this is true. The problem is not with having a story, but with every one trying to be a story teller – whether its one’s own tale he sits to write or someone else’s. After all, one’s fiction is another man’s reality. In ancient times, and even not so long ago, there used to be handful of story tellers for each region – people who would travel to places and exchange tales and return with a lot of stories full of wisdom and traditions to be told to younger generations.
In contrast are the storytellers of modern times, specially the writers young and old, whose books are flooding the Indian literary scene in recent
A good story I think, gives you the satisfaction of knowing about events in someone’s life, whether real or not. It should invoke emotions for the people you met it the journey of the book. But sometimes, the characters one meet in the books are so perfect that it makes you disconnect from the book immediately. Is life that perfect ever? Every happy ending has many struggles and human choices that drive every scene. And trust me, going to meet your girlfriend in a far corner of the country is not a struggle I would read and believe it to be so damn hard. Why is a love story always in some prestigious college and you felt that the girl has no ambition but to sit and wait for the guy? And oh, when the love goes away, the guy wonders no less than ten times in 10 Chapters, how that happened! And I thought only I can over think.
For some, writing has become a highly paid profession due to their creative skills. We follow the footsteps of established authors and somehow, easy publishing has solved many a hurdles that we earlier encountered. Self publishing via e books or paperback if you got the enough money has further enabled us to write and reach readers. But who then decides if a book is ready to be published? Or the story is just not another tale with different place and character names. Books come and go, making no impact on any one but somehow they sell. I would like to think so, since I see no less than 4 new titles every month when I go book shopping but only once in two months, does some Indian fiction appeals to me.
Don’t just have or know a story. Know how to present it and make it a memorable one for each and every reader.
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