Tuesday, July 03, 2007

And they lived happily ever after…

That’s supposed to the classic ending, right? Wrong! That is the point that which people lose interest and move on to other things. Take any story with this ending, and you have grief, separation, tears and fears….and just when things go right, the story ends. And that brings me to the point that humans revel in misery. That’s what we’re interested in. That’s why stories with their misery-filled plotlines are the only bits we’re interested in and make a story out of. The minute the protagonists get set to be happy after their wretched experiences, The End! Sorry, we don’t want to know that. We don’t want to know what happens when you’re happy. All in all, ‘Happy’ is good for endings. Not the stuff great stories are made of. And stories with tragic endings. Now! There’s potential for more. If only the author would just have some patience and the protagonists are left alive at the end of the story. hmmm.....

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am left wondering if we should ever go about discussing the obvious that we have read, seen and experienced all our lives. If you ask me, it's a waste of everything; let alone time. But I guess, once in a while, it's good to let others know what you think about the usual!

Just kidding!

Vinny

[Revisiting. Found an ol' email with your blog id.]

shenoy said...

Howdappa funky Vinny, howdu. I am left wondering the same too, and no need to append your comment with a ‘just kidding!’ magaa. Just kidding!

But it’s just that the fact is that the one thing that most people ignore is ‘the usual’ and ‘the obvious’. We live so much in ‘the usual’ and ‘the obvious’ that it’s good once in a way to step back and acknowledge ‘that which is’ and not ‘that which should be’ and ‘that which could be’, which is what we use up so much time chasing that we forget that we live most of our lives doing ‘the usual’ and thinking ‘the obvious’.

Anjali Bhardwaj said...

An all happy story will only make the viewers feel jealous.

Misery makes us feel better - "Oh, our lives are so much better and those people in the story."

Hence the interest in watching misery.