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Do People Not Get Storytelling Anymore?

I was cruising through Facebook this morning as is my usual when enjoying my morning coffee. Most days I wonder why I bother as most posts get my blood pressure soaring with the utter and complete idiocy. I have to believe that most people that post or share are doing it to get a rise out of others. I mean, there’s no way that many people can be that completely ignorant and stupid is there? *shakes head* Although I do have to admit that these posts make it easier for me to clean up my newsfeed after I unfriend/unfollow hordes of idiots  😉

One of the posts I read was the onslaught of toys coming out featuring Rey from the new Star Wars movies. I am aware of the backlash against Hasbro for its lack of Rey toys but I am a firm believer that a toy company that big doesn’t get that way with being purposefully hateful. If people remember correctly, even the previews for the movie were very lacking in any details that would give anything away. Many of the toys coming out have Rey with a lightsaber. I picture these same people whining about the lack of Rey toys would be in a fury at this spoiler given out before the movie even launched. It’s possible I’m wrong and Hasbro is an evil, misogynistic company who hates women but I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt that they had a marketing plan set in place long before the movie came out.

One of the commenters on this post ranted about all the things that weren’t revealed in The Force Awakens. This isn’t the first complaint about the movie I’ve seen that relates to the plot. People are bitching and moaning about not knowing why Rey can use the force, why weren’t we told who her parents are, Finn’s family should have been revealed, why did Luke go into hiding, blah blah blah…

Are you freaking kidding me people?? Do you really not know how a story goes? What the hell is the fun of revealing every detail right from the get-go? What would be the point of….wait for it….HAVING SEQUELS IF YOU ALREADY KNOW EVERYTHING IN THE FIRST MOVIE? *cue frustrated face*

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Recall the original three Star Wars movies. Did we know who Luke’s parents were in A New Hope? The connection between him and Leia? Han Solo and Leia’s romance? Darth’s saving Luke’s life? Hell no! Many of those were revealed in the second and even third movies. The story isn’t done with the first movie and whining about that fact only makes you look like a douche canoe.

My biggest problem with the awful prequels is the lack of mystery. We already know what’s going to happen to what the hell is the point of watching?? I wasn’t on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to become of Anakin and Padme. Is he going to go to the dark side or isn’t he? We already know he is!!!!!! There was no real storytelling. Only tossing around a bunch of CGI crazy crap that didn’t keep me (and most other people) engaged with the characters.

Are we becoming a society where people are so impatient, so demanding of instant gratification that most can no longer wait for answers to be revealed in a book or movie? That we absolutely must have all the answers in the first five minutes or we just can’t stand it? Everything now is so short and sweet and it pains me that good storytelling is going to be lost in the frenzy.

Hopefully I’m wrong. I can’t imagine a world where we know how every book or movie ends before we ever start reading or watching.


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5 Comments on “Do People Not Get Storytelling Anymore?”

  1. cpbialois January 12, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    Just one of the joys of social media. lol I never got the need so many have to look for things to be upset about. I’m still freaking pissed at my New York Giants for their personnel moves (taking a deep breath LOL), but to look to stir things up? Makes no sense to me.

  2. blazemcrob January 12, 2016 at 10:04 am #

    I like to keep low key, for the most part. Getting agitated about the idiocy of others is senseless. I view their antics as comedy and simply hope they get their due. Okay, I write horror and like revenge. Bad Blaze.


    • drshaywest January 12, 2016 at 10:05 am #

      HAHAHAHA!! 😀

      • blazemcrob January 12, 2016 at 10:26 am #

        I’ve killed my ex-wife off eight different ways already in my stories. Works for me. 😀

  3. jlgentry January 13, 2016 at 6:28 am #

    I agree. It is engaging for the reader to not know all the motivation of a character. The back story should be discovered along the way. Any story has a backstory, so even a prequel should engage through the same means. The first 3 episodes of SW were thin on dimension. There was so much leading up to that struggle that could have been alluded to and used to keep them from being so linear.

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