Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Why my blog is named The Discovered Story

So you’re reading a novel, or watching a movie, and it is getting intense. The character, or characters, are in trouble, and your heart is beating fast, your adrenaline is pumping, and the slightest sound might make you jump out of your seat. Your body is responding as if you are there with the characters...as if you are in danger. Your physiological response is, analytically speaking, irrational. These characters do not exist, the situation does not exist, and whether they die or not will not have a physical impact on your life. And yet the response is real, and it can be delightful, because you’re not just reading a book or watching a movie—you are living in another world.

But this heart racing, palm sweating, gut wrenching experience cannot happen if the reader or watcher doesn’t believe in what is happening. The characters and the situation must seem wholly real and rational and vivid; otherwise, the sense of empathy is gone and you are no longer wearing another person’s skin. Once again you are just sitting on the couch reading a book or watching a movie.

The story can’t seem fabricated and it can’t be false...it must feel like a real thing discovered. The story must appear to be a Discovered Story or the ultimate story experience can never be achieved.

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