What Makes a “World-Changing” Story?

Ever notice how there are hardly any stories that encourage society or the way that humanity has progressed?  How many stories are about patting humanity on the back and telling it “Good job!”?

Think of all the classics out there.  Think about all those books you had to read in English.  What were they about?

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They were about change.  They were about revealing how crummy this world really is.  They were all about prophecy, and how our world would fall apart if we continued down the same path.  They were about destroying something that shouldn’t even exist.

Sure, there was a lot of symbolism.  Nothing is ever clear in great art…because it makes you think.  Only the wise will ever understand.

Well, I’m asking you to understand what I’m saying.  What makes a world-changing story, you ask?

A story that rips out and burns the status quo…and helps us see why…and maybe shows us a better one.

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Tell the world it sucks.  Go ahead, doing it.  You’re probably only a writer because there’s something about your life that you hate, or there’s something in this world that disgusts you.  You only write because you want to change or you want to be heard.

Isn’t that why you’re here, dear writers?

The stupid, forgotten stories are the ones that congratulate humanity.  What’s there to congratulate?  The only times we are triumphant is when we have God working through us.  Other than that, we fall short.

Write something that makes someone stop and think.  Bring their life to a sudden halt; make them slam the brakes and let them just sit there in the middle of the road, listening to their engine idle, as they strive to grasp the audacity of what you have said.

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Think I’m wrong about all this?  Go ahead and prove it.  Your opinions are welcome here.

What do you think?


By the way, I’m officially a self-published author.  If you like me and you like the way I write, check out my fantasy novel here.  It will stop and make you think.

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Cover art by Elizabeth M

 

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9 comments

  1. Nicolle

    I find a lot of stories are about how corrupt the world is (corrupt organisations, war, slavery, etc), because that how the current world is (I know, that sucks). And I agree that stories are about change! Once in a while I’d randomly marvel at how much the characters change in the span of a few chapters. 😀

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  2. Pop Culture Literary

    This was a very interesting post! Thank you for sharing. Part of the reason that these stories are so successful is because they grab people by red-hot emotions or deep-seated fears. People remember those feelings, and even find a deeper connection with the text because they feel like the author (or at least the book) understands them.

    These books don’t always violently rip apart humanity, however. They can comment on anything without being violent. Take a look at books like Huckleberry Finn, Their Eyes Were Watching God, or To Kill a Mockingbird. In their pages, they do comment on and show flaws in society, but they don’t do it through fear or violence. They simply put it out there for interpretation. (I focused on well known written texts rather than movies, anime, comics, cartoons, or anything similar because your focus seems to be on written text-based works as well)

    That’s not to say that other stories that do not do the same are stupid and easily forgotten. Think about Charlotte’s Web, or several of the works by Dr. Seuss or Shell Silverstein. Well known biographies may also defy your claim that all writing (you did not specify stories, so all writing is fair game) rips open humanity and brutally points out its flaws. That’s not to say that these books are not about a change in general. Change from the beginning to the end is what makes a story.

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    • Dominic Sceski

      Hmm, you bring up good points. Great criticism, I can agree with you. I must admit that I wrote this post with more emotion than reason/logic.

      You’re right, it doesn’t have to be anything violent; but still, even in the books you mentioned that allow the reader to interpret the flaws of society, there is always a challenge. A challenge put to the reader; why do people act like this, how should society or government be formed, etc? To a certain extent, if the reader is wise enough to even ponder these questions, there will always be a “battle” of sorts as the reader endeavors to interpret the writing, and even bigger “battle” when the reader is willing to challenge the status quo.

      Thank you so much for your comments, I’m glad that you’re taking the time to read everything so carefully! You’re practically what every blogger wants 😉

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