Story: a narrative or sequence of events featuring characters moving towards a goal in conflict. Right? That’s part of it. That’s “story.”
But what about “a story”? What is the point of these things that have so infected and inspired our lives? Why do we have such a deep-rooted need to be told a story, to engage with a story experience? Why do we want to immerse ourselves in a fictional (or not) world?
In any society, the extent to which people seek to escape into entertainment are determined by the times in which they live. The stories and themes must be of their times, their themes relevant, and their values commensurate with the values of those who will hear those stories.
All stories have a ...