What Do All Great Stories Have In Common?
January 20, 2016 51 Comments
As an author and soon-to-be publisher, I’ve been wrestling with this a couple of months.
I began looking at some of the greatest stories of all time, both books and movies, and I’ve asked myself, what makes them great?
And to take it a step further, “What do they all have in common?”
Surely there’s some underlining theme, or common thread, that connects all the great stories together?
Stories like, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Lord of the Rings, Frozen, and (I hate to admit) Avatar.
(Though that last one FINALLY got it’s but kicked in the box office by the amazing Force Awakens!!!)
If you’re going to help me answer this question, you have to be unbiased. You have to be willing to admit that The Great Gatsby is one of the greatest books of all time, even if you don’t think it’s that great.
There’s something in these renowned stories that draws millions of people to them, year after year, and generation after generation.
So, what is the one theme that attracts millions? Consider two of the highest grossing animated Disney movies, Big Hero 6 and Frozen. Hiro had to learn to let go of his brother (who lives through Baymax), and Elsa’s life-changing act was, well, letting go.
But does “letting go” have anything to do with The Lord of the Rings? Forrest Gump? The Hunger Games?
It’s a process-of-elimination kind of question. I want to hear your thoughts! It’s killing me!
WHAT is it that all great stories have in common?? Leave your comments and suggestions below. Let’s discuss!