Stories That Never Die

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Have you ever closed a book and instantly felt like a part of you just died?  Or watched the end-credits of a movie file onto the screen, and find yourself sighing with longing?

Have you ever read or witnessed a story that touched you so deeply, that you connected with so perfectly, you wish it would never end?

Our culture is messed up in many ways.  We don’t have to look very far to see this.  But, deep inside all of us, we have this desire for eternal things.  Think about it.  There are plenty of songs on the radio that have lyrics like “I wish this moment could last forever”.   The song itself might have a pretty cruddy meaning, but this phrase is pretty common in modern music.  We all know that when we have something, good we want it to last forever.

We typically apply this thinking to love and relationships.  To romance and marriage.  Those moments when life seems so perfect, we wish time would freeze.

Yeah, hopefully you know what I’m talking about.

And then, of course, we can look at how, since the beginning of time, we’ve longed for immortality.  We’ve longed for “eternal life”.  We just crave eternal, good things.

It’s no surprise that we should apply this to stories.

Don’t you like it when you find a nice long story to enjoy?  Maybe it’s a serious page turner and you read the whole thing in two days.  Maybe it’s a riveting show and you binge watch it for three days straight.  But still, don’t you like it when stories are nice and long, long enough that you get to go back and revisit all the different parts?

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I personally love being able to do this.  For me, I particularly enjoyed the Inheritance Cycle for this very reason.  The Inheritance Cycle, written by Christopher Paolini, isn’t perhaps the most well-written series.  But each book in the cycle was nice and long.

There would be scenes that made you smile, frown, grimace with determination, etc.  I loved finding those moments in the story that made me go, “Oh yeah, I forgot about that!”  I loved the fact that the series was long enough for me to FORGET certain scenes…so that I could go back and relive them again, as if it were the first time.

THAT is the kind of series I love.  As I’m reading Harry Potter for the first time (go easy on me), I realize that this is another one of those series.  Big books, lots of stories within the stories.  Plenty of things I can go back and revisit.

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This, in a way, is how you make stories that last forever.

Even though the stories aren’t lasting forever, our human minds will forget, and thus we’ll have to go back in order to remember.  And we’ll do this again.  And again.  And again.

It’s a beautiful cycle.

My favorite book thus far is The Once and Future King by T.H. White.   Although it’s just a standalone, it’s big enough to have plenty of scenes that I’ll forget.  In fact, there will be times when I’m able to pick that book up and read a scene I totally forgot about.  And, just as when I read it the first time, I’ll enjoy the experience!

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In all honesty, this is what I’m trying to do with my own series, Elithius.  I’ve planned for it to be a long series.  In fact, I like doing this because it helps me create an intricate plot and realistic characters that my audience can grow with.  My characters are teenagers when the story begins.  They’ll be adults by the time it finishes.  Along the way, they’ll have plenty of ups and downs.  I think this will be very…realistic.  Life is never easy and straightforward.  Our struggles in life are usually never short; so neither should a plot be; neither should a story be.

Life is a journey, and I believe that stories are too.

Some stories will be forgotten, but not mine.  I won’t let that happen.

I challenge you to do the same.

We all search for eternity in some shape or form.  Make a story that is eternal.  Make a story that never dies.


What do you think?

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12 comments

  1. Nicolle

    i’m glad you’re reading the Harry Potter series! It’s one of my favourite books so I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂

    I have mixed feelings about reading long stories. On one hand I’d finish a single-book novel and and wish it’d continue for at least another book. On the other, I’d finish reading the x-th book of a series and wonder, when would this story ever end? (This problem seems more prevalent with US TV shows, I’m looking at you, The Walking Dead…). 😅

    I think for me, long stories need to meet a certain requirement – each book should be a single episode, with a major plot overhead tying them together. I’m not sure how far into the Harry Potter series you’re at, but that’s a great example – each book has its own story and villain(s) (the Philosopher’s Stone in the first, the Chamber of Secrets in the second) and gradually builds up the conflict for the major plot (He Who Must Not be Named), so it becomes a big bang of conflict in the last book! I love that tingly feeling when “it’s over”. 😀

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    • Dominic Sceski

      Yes, I totally agree. There needs to be a major plot overhead that ties everything together. I’m glad you feel that way, because that’s what I’ll be doing with my series. Stories do get old when there isn’t an over arcing plot.
      I’m on book 5 of Harry Potter by the way! And yes you’re right, it is a good example of this, I hope I can do a good job just like J.K. Rowling!

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  2. Becca Barracuda

    Oh my gosh, you are the second blogger I’ve read this week who is reading Harry Potter for the first time! I am a huge Harry Potter nerd. I saw in your comment above that you’re on book 5– which has been your favorite so far?

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    • Dominic Sceski

      I think 4 has been my favorite so far, but I’m excited to see how 5 will turn out. 4 actually started out kinda long, with the plot in the background waaay too much, and then Harry and Cedric grabbed the portkey. And I was like “oh shoot” because as soon as that happened I knew something terrible was about to come. So i like 4 because it had such am exciting twist at the end.
      🙂

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