Is It Just a Story, or Is It More?

Most writers know that there is more to a story than the fact that it is simply fiction. However, since creative narratives are by nature ethereal, it is not easy to define them or explain what they mean to both authors and readers/viewers. Mr. Critzer does a good job of defining this point in the video below, reminding us in the process that fiction helps us to keep in mind where we are going and what we are striving to become.

This is not simply within the personal context, but in the national and cultural one as well. Countries, like people, have a lifespan. They also possess a certain collective consciousness or conscience. Without good stories and fictional heroes to guide us in our lives, both personal and national, we end up adrift in the seas of change. Whether they are in prose, on film, or in comics, stories help anchor and direct us on our course into eternity.

It is for this reason that this author agrees with Mr. Critzer when he asks people to stop saying, “They’re only comics/movies/books/etc.” No, they are not only these things. They are guides in a world tormented by darkness as it searches for the light. What happens to a nation’s fiction affects that country, either by harming it or showing that some spiritual illness has overtaken it. Fiction is one barometer of a society’s health.

So along with Mr. Critzer, this author requests that society refrain from saying a piece of fiction is “just a story.” There are much better ways to calm irate friends disappointed by the latest poor entry in their favorite franchise than to dismiss their interest, even unintentionally. I recommend introducing them to new franchises, such as those below:

A Greater Duty (Galaxy Ascendant) (Volume 1)*

Flying Sparks: Meta-Man Special

Legionnaire (Galaxy’s Edge)

One Last Flight: Book One Of The Holy Terran Empire

Heroes Fall: A Heroes Unleashed Novel (Serenity City)

Combat Frame XSeed

Nothing lifts an unhappy fan’s spirits like a good story set in a genre they enjoy. And the above suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg. Perusing these pages will lead you to even more new material that will turn a compatriot’s frown upside down. And who knows? Perhaps they will actually like these new universes as much or more than the old.

There’s only one way to find out. 😉 Enjoy the video, readers. And please, stop saying “they’re only stories.” We all know they are more than that.

Please Stop Saying They’re Only Comics

*These are Amazon affiliate links. When you purchase something through it, this author receives a commission from Amazon at no extra charge to you, the buyer.

On the subject of new franchises, check out Tuscany Bay Books’ Planetary Anthology Series: Pluto. The next installment, Luna, includes one of my stories and is coming soon. Start supporting the series today!

2 thoughts on “Is It Just a Story, or Is It More?

  1. Pingback: BW’s Daily Article Link: It’s Not Just A Story | BW Media Spotlight

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