You may not think your life story is all that interesting. But, what matters most in storytelling is how your story is told. It’s not so much the content, but rather the presentation. The point of view is also key. Both biographical and autobiographical stories are told with some inherent bias or deficiency on the part of the narrator.
Even when it comes to fiction, each of us has our preferred fantasy worlds. What is it that we each prefer about one storied franchise over another, especially when storytelling seems to become more formulaic by the day? It makes sense for authors and screenwriters to go with what works because when they do it’s like they know exactly what their audience wants, whether it’s by some sort of accident or the audience has in fact been trained like a puppy to think it’s the greatest thing ever whenever a new episode or installment drops.
Reboots are particularly interesting from a storytelling perspective. It’s not so much about what’s different, but what ends up staying the same, the familiarity with certain elements can either be a joy or a buzz kill. It all depends on how new and old elements fit together. More often than not reboots inevitably fail, whether for cultural reasons or social climate or whatnot. When they do succeed, it’s often mostly powered by the strange thing many of us know as nostalgia, even if the end product isn’t even objectively good.
I constantly feel a need to remix my own retelling of the past. In a way, I’m constantly looking to reboot my own life. We’re often finding we repeat certain patterns throughout our lives, whether it’s being sucked into enjoying a television series or video game franchise for hours on end, even days straight, when nothing else in your life seems familiar. It’s a sort of grounding mechanism, this thing called nostalgia. It fascinates me constantly, how adding degrees of complexity over time with just the right amount of panache to what began as objectively simple things can lead to you becoming absorbed in them sometimes to the point of selfish obsession.
For as technology gains and our understanding of human nature and the workings of both the visible and invisible universe shift, expand, and sometimes even contract, there will always be stories, and the ones that are told best will stand the test of time, even if they weren’t all that incredible in and of themselves or perhaps even outright absurd to begin with, right?