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What is a story?


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What is a story? What makes it so captivating and gripping for people, such as through oral speech or through books or film, and how is it advantageous to us as a species, and/or is there a certain teleology that is within stories and storytelling that we head towards? Is there supposedly a right way and a purpose in telling stories? What genres should be coveted within storytelling and what genres should be excluded? Simply, if there is such a thing, what purpose or direction does storytelling have? What is the final story of stories?


A subjectively a story is something that suspends an intimacy with scientific 'felt' time and takes us to a mental plane where we "participate" in the narrative of a said story, whether for entertainment and pleasure, wherein learn something or gain an insight to, hopefully, gain some euphoria. Some stories are used to criticize some parts of our way of life, some just to caricaturize a comedic episode, some to tell an epic or a drama, some to entertain while addressing issues, place ideals in juxtaposition, or to encapsulate our history or turbulent times, becoming somewhat of a time capsule of soft anthropology. Subjectively they are, in essence, fun- those who are good at storytelling also seem to land good mates aka good at attracting the opposite sex.

Objectively stories captivate a listener, wherein the listener or the one who takes the input and comes to a near standstill to absorb all the information in order to fully be within the "flow" of the stories themselves. It is a harbinger of past records or could even help envision the future or tell of a hypothetical situation with a beginning, climax and a denouement. Economically speaking Marvel movies rack in millions and help create value just out of acting and making certain sequences of CGI and so forth. Poetry like the Illiad or "polybooks" like the Bible help us understand the historical backgrounds of their differing respective eras and even show us customs and rituals that took place within their times. They offer a window into the past, even though what is past will never come about again. Some, like 1984 or the Giver can warn us of a society near in the future while others, like The Dark Knight Rises or Avengers: Ultron could hint at a current event issue such as the central banks or the upcoming AI 'revolution'.

Evolutionaily speaking, when did we as a species use this faculty of storytelling, what for what purpose or use was it designed for? Is it something that comes intrinsic with language, and if stories and epics were formulated, for what purpose were they created for? Do you think these ends or purposes doing what they were supposed to do? In a sense asking 'what is a story' is like asking what 'art' is, because of its malleable form and widely differing interpretive form.

Some questions:

For example, if Avengers: Ultron could be placed within an evolutionary narrative, what purpose would the movie have within the history of our species?

Are end of the times stories the final of the final of our stories? Do movies such as Knowing or The Day After Tomorrow more intrinsically valuable than let's say, something such as the Winter Solider?

Are Aesops Fables more valuable, let's say, than something like the Long Joke in the World?

What do you think is the most valuable story?

Do you think telling stories is something that's exclusively human?

What do you think ultimately is the purpose of stories?


And so on. I also recently understood why housewives like to read erotic novels.. cough amen but that's for another story. (kekeke... get it?)

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