Mighty Mite (age 7) has been complaining lately about watching “sad” movies.
He doesn’t like them.
He’s fine with action-packed films and comedy and even the occasional love scene (“as long as there’s not too many of them” says Mighty Mite), but he wants nothing to do with the sad parts. He tears up, just like his mom, and complains.
His older brothers, Dark Omen (12) and Worm Burner (10), probably couldn’t find the sad parts, even if I explained them. In fact, Mighty Mite was schooling them in the movie subtext as we went through our movie-fest this last weekend.
This drove home for me, once again, how audiences vary and how a wonderful film/book/story can resonate with one person and completely drive another one crazy. And that’s independent of the filmmaker/author/storyteller’s mastery of the craft.
Each of the stories I write will appeal to someone: either a small devoted group of science fiction fans, or a broader sweep of adults and children alike. My published novel, Life, Liberty, and Pursuit resonates with love story aficiandos from ages 13 to 70+ (those are actual ages of actual readers), but has very few male readers. That’s okay – I have other stories for the men, large and small, in my life.
A writer I highly respect (I’m looking at you Bryan Russell) once said that voice was a reflection of the confidence that a writer had in their craft. I think confidence also comes through in the story telling – that faith you have that this story is important and this story is worth telling.
I hope you all can hold onto the faith in your stories and help them to find their audiences.
Mighty Mite already knows what he likes. “I want one where everyone ends up happy.”