Madeleine L’Engle once said that, “we turn to stories because they tell us who, and what, and why we are.” That idea, that stories affect us, that stories are meaningful, and that stories, regardless of their medium, are more than entertainment drives this blog.
I firmly believe that stories–whether they be in books, television shows, movies, or even songs–are worthy of consideration. In many cases they’re worthy of more than a simple review. It’s not enough to say that this film or that book is good or bad, it might be helpful to go deeper, to examine why it’s good, or what it’s saying about reality.
That’s why the subheader for this site is what it is: “Reviews and Discussion of Stories and Storytelling.” If you peruse the archives you’ll find that the discussions far outweigh the reviews, and that’s intentional.
I hope that this blog is a place for in-depth discussion about stories. I’ll organize my thoughts here, post papers I write, and, of course, discuss stories.
One of the major dangers in discussing stories, though, is that the discussion often boils down to the simple question, “what is the theme of the story?” Now, in and of itself, the question isn’t wrong, but as Flannery O’Connor points out the question can sometimes frame the story as, “simply a problem to be solved, something which you evaporate to get Instant Enlightenment.” This misses the point entirely, for, as she says elsewhere, “you tell a story because a statement would be inadequate.”
A story is an experience and so, while analysis is important, the discussion of a story must be understood in the context of what a story is–namely, an experience. With that in mind, I hope to avoid this reductionism in my posts. I’ll do my best to approach stories honestly, and not simplistically.
There’s not much to say about me. My name is Christopher Larson, I’m 16, and I live in the unfairly hot state of Florida. Due to the excessive amount of heat, I’ve spent plenty of time with books–in air conditioning, of course. That means I’ve read a fair amount, and I love doing it. But it isn’t just books that fascinate me. I love stories, regardless of their medium.
Recorded here, in this blog, are the thoughts of a High School student on the stories he experiences. If discussing, analyzing, and journeying through good stories sounds appealing to you then welcome aboard. Please chime in if you have anything at all to say, and enjoy your time here.