I read a lot of books & watched a LOT of tv as a kid. Some of those stories that I can remember bits and pieces from, others I can just remember the emotion they invoked. Yet there is one story that I remember very vividly because of the way it made me feel & the way it opened up my mind. That “story” is the movie A Never Ending Story.
I haven’t watched it in a couple of years but the last time I did I remember it had a little more cheese then I had remembered as a kid, but still gave me those same emotions it did to little me all those decades ago.
That got me wondering exactly what about it meant so much to me. As a kid I loved to read & there were so many times when I wished I could meet the characters of my book and actively join them in their adventures instead of simply following them. In The Never-Ending Story this pretty much comes true.
The part of that story that caused me to jump to my feet as a child (and I will admit the last time I watched it several years ago) was when the main character comes back to the real world and confronts the bullies that were picking on him. Here’s a little reminder.
And the little, “But That’s Another Story” at the end really got to me. I wanted to know what happened next, I didn’t want to leave the world, I wanted to continue following the main character. And that is my goal. To create characters that a reader never wants to part with. To create a world that the reader never wants to leave. So even when my story is over those characters and that world still take up a tiny place in that readers mind. So years can pass but those feelings stick with that person and cause them to share the story with others. So no matter how old the story is it continues to live on in the hearts and minds of all those who read it.
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