When I was younger, the stories always ended with a moral. A lesson with the each story was a compulsive necessity. At first, we were told the morals, and then we were asked to find them. Our stories had kings, queens, magicians, elephants, crows and beggars. The honesty was celebrated, the evil was shamed, the deceiving ones were punished and braves were awarded. Fortunes were overturned, the curses were spelled, the heroes were awakened, the gods were kind and monsters were slayed.
The stories changed as we grew older. The morals were not discussed anymore. No one missed them though because now our stories had adventures and conquests. The hero solved mysteries, undertook brave journey and outwitted the evil plotters. There were wonderlands, galaxies, jungles, deserts and caves. There were also apes, witches, smugglers, murderers and inter-galactic drones. The dogs could talk, the birds delivered the letters, rainbows were the highways- the good always won over evil, the Davids always defected the Goliath. The world was a happy place. But we were still in search of something similar from these stories- if not the morals, but still the virtues of heroes- the victory of good over evil and sense over stupidity.
The later stories demanded more from us as a reader,or was it the other way around?- A meaning, a symbol, or something we could relate with. Often, in these stories, we were part of something that was bigger than the narrative.Stories told something, meant something else and felt something completely different.
But what stories are doing now to us or in that order, what are we expecting from the stories now? As we grew older, we demanded more from the stories and also stories demanded more from us. Not only the craving for seeking adventure, wisdom, hero’s journey and the inspiration is there but also the meaning and symbol to relate. Now we wanted more. We are looking for the world inside the stories to adopt us. We want to be the refugees inside the universe of the books we read; we want to walk in the shoes of the characters- we just want to borrow the eyes and the mind of the writer.
I trust that stories will keep evolving us and someday, we will be able to contribute in the amazing world of stories.