Escape from Reality

I was thinking about something and it made me think. I don't want to depress people. I want to make them escape into a world. If they have a rough life, maybe I can make it less rough, at least for the time that person is reading my stories. But I've noticed that a lot of the stories these days, whether on TV or in book, are very depressing. And yes, there is a prevalence of decease and other maladies that are real, but don't we want to escape this sad stuff? 

Instead of focusing on the sickness, it should be a brief thing that can be possibly overcome. But that's hard to do once the sickness has been introduced into the story. 

Some examples are Breaking Bad (loved this series, so good). It's really not a spoiler to say that the main character, Walter White, finds out he has lung cancer, because the rest of the story is him trying to make money for his family before his demise. And this isn't even that bad. But there are many other instances. 

Another that kind of kicked me in the gut was in Deadpool. Where the main character gets cancer, as well. Now, of course, he overcomes this through the powers he gets. But in real life that doesn't happen. Though, in this story you could probably say that's an escape because he overcomes the decease through these powers. 

Okay, so to get to the point of my thought, if you think about it, horror doesn't have to be about sickness and suffering. That's too real. I'm not saying there isn't a place for that stuff, but people want to escape from reality. And maybe horror, and other stories, can have other aspects that haven't been done before to make them fresh and new and push some new material into the genre. 

WCM

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