Someone asked me, “What is a good or bad story to you?”
Hmm, what really is a good story to me?
Well, a good story to me is the story that makes me think. The story is not good to me if I can guess what will happen to the characters or predict what is the ending of the story being told. It would be great if characters are not constant because as we all know, human beings are unpredictable until death.
A good story to me also means that it must have a definite conclusion, the characters’ actions or actuations including the unpredictable behavior of the characters are all justified, the seemingly unrelated events and circumstances, and the words spoken and used are all clearly connected and closed at the end. Thus, if it keeps me guessing (not thinking) a lot of things at the end, it is definitely a bad story for me. It is like a bomb detonated by someone without a purpose.
Stories about our country, Gloria, Erap, our politicians, our economy are but few of the many examples of the bad stories you and me have to hear and see everyday.
What is a good or bad story to you?