That sounds like the dumbest question over, but I bet that half the people reading this will struggle to come up with an answer. Call it a hunch.
If you’ve been keeping an eye on this blog for a while, you may have noticed that a while back, I did a post naming my top ten favorite movies. If you’re not in the mood to check the link, I’ll save you the trouble and say it’s a list that includes some smart movies, and some movies so unapologetically stupid that they almost warp back into being brilliant. Let it be known that I’m no hoity-toity elitist. As evidenced by my use of the phrase “hoity-toity”.
In any case, one of the reasons why a blog like this exists is so I can try and figure out what a story does that makes it work. It’s true that I’m just as likely to find something that doesn’t work, and have to spend time with that nonsense, but it goes without saying that I prefer “proving the case” of something good. It’s something done for readers’ benefit, but it’s also something for my benefit, too. If I can understand WHY I liked something besides visceral thrills, then I’d wager that I’m more likely to incorporate those good elements into my writing, and my stories. I’m already starting to see it take form in my writing adventures…even if that does demand a complete annihilation of years of work.
But like the title says, this post isn’t about me. This is about you.