|Fooled the Young Princess|
I remember when I met an acquaintance at the Rideau Centre many years ago. He was a comic book fan whose interest bordered on obsession. I liked it him for it. I'm always happy to learn about people's passions. But when I asked him if we was going to Ottawa Comic-Con, he said he wasn't. It had become too commercial. It's not about comic books anymore. TV celebrities, he claimed, contaminated the event along with other non-comic book events. I agreed at the moment, but with some afterthoughts. It wasn't Comic-Con I thought about as much as comic books in general. Are comics of such a high quality that they couldn't share the same space as TV and films? Perhaps it's not what my acquaintance was getting at, but it made me thing about the literary quality of comic books. It can be quite high, but in some cases, it could definitely be better too.
I've always wondered why Hollywood movies seem the same. I'm not the only one who thinks this, I know, most people around me acknowledge that the stories from Hollywood are very much alike. But, at the same time, we choose to see them each year and love them. We talk about it. Write about it. We even cosplay about it. Just take a look at the trailer for Ridley Scott's, Alien Covenant. The film doesn't look much different than from any previous sci-fi thriller, but it's not the same either. There's enough new material to draw fans in by the millions. I think Hollywood has a winning formula of being the same, but different. And I think it has to do with mass psychology. We need it to be this way because we wouldn't enjoy it otherwise.
Story. What is it a good for? Apparently, it's good for a lot of things - especially war. Stories could very well make us love war because stories usually have a villain in it. That's why we're always at "war" with something like War on Drugs, War on Christmas or War on Sugar. So why is that the case? Remember D.A.R.P.A's storytelling theory which states how our brains can't help but visualize life in the form of stories? This thinking/perceiving mode means we'll always see an adversary of some kind waiting to get us. Every story has conflict, after all. Does this mean our story-brain dooms us to perpetual war with others? I think it does. As human beings, we're always telling the story of our lives as if something or someone is the enemy. Not good.