Open Thread: What stories aren’t told enough

(posted by chris the cynic)

It’s been said that there are only a handful of stories, all that changes are the details.  That’s probably a bit extreme but it is the case that there are recognizable story types.  For example, often times when one watches the movie one gets the sense that it’s a variation on a theme instead of a new melody.

So, with that in mind, what story or stories do you think need to be told more often?

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]

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7 thoughts on “Open Thread: What stories aren’t told enough

  1. christhecynic August 12, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Non-Romantic love stories are things that I’d like to see more of. Frozen and Maleficent (spoilers) both had a magically required act of true love. In the first it was between siblings, in the second it was parental (not by blood). There should be more of those. Also friendship is a form of love, it’d be good to that acknowledged more often.

    There are plenty of things that do beautiful != good. There are not nearly enough things that do ugly (actual ugly) != bad. Sometimes the Lovecraftian-looking horror should be nice. But when things are nice we tend to tone them down all the way from “ugly” to “cute”.

    “… and then we overthrew the despot and made a democracy rather than reinstitute the previous monarchy.” Is something I don’t think I’ve ever seen.

    Way to few subversions of fantastical racism. Orcs=bad is basically understood and abided by.

  2. Silver Adept August 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I’d like to see many fewer stories where “romantic love is part of the plot, even though it contributes nothing to the plot.” And many fewer where romantic love is the MacGuffin or someone is accomplished through the power of love.

    I would have very much liked to see Hermione Granger and the Sorceror’s Stone. Or the story that developed where everyone chased Harry Potter add the child of prophecy, when it was Neville Longbottom who the prophecy was about, and Neville’s seemingly useless contributions end up setting off a Rube Goldberg machine that at the very end, looks like a Xanatos Gambit from the beginning.

  3. froborr August 12, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I want more stories where people choose destiny rather than be chosen by it. There’s a scene that’s been in my head, the climax of the second part of a Fanfic Trilogy O’ Doom that’s been kicking around my brain for almost a decade:

    “So you’re saying this is destiny? That we’re, what, the Chosen Ones or something?”

    The pretty young man laughed. Behind him, the vines covering the wall wilted, turned brown, and began to rot away. “Don’t be ridiculous. None of you are special. There are trillions of people in this universe–there is absolutely nothing any of you could do that someone, somewhere, can’t do better.”

    “Then why–”

    “Because you chose to be here. They didn’t. Each and every one of you made decisions that led to more decisions, little ripples in the fabric of time, spreading out, intersecting, interfering with and influencing one another, coming together until you form the bubbling front of a colossal wave, a wave which is coming ashore here.”

    His wings continued to unfold, bigger than eagles’, than swans’, than airliners’. Where they brushed against the steel catwalk above, rust spread across it, red-brown on beams suddenly sagging with metal fatigue. “Chosen Ones were how he operated. Me, I decided to wait for the Choosing Ones.” The stones beneath his feet cracked with age, splintering into dust as he spread shining wings. “Now choose!”

    The protons in the air around him decayed, blue sparks of Cerenkov radiation lashing out from where he stood. Space shredded with the shriek of tearing silk, if silk could bleed. Wind, hot and stinking, blew past them as he glowed brighter and brighter. “Show me the light of your wills!” he cried. “Show me the power to make the universe other than what it is!”

    Then he attacked.

  4. alexseanchai August 12, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Froborr: *blink* That’s something I’m planning for the current in-progress, Dancing in the Moonlight. This surprises me, because I didn’t know that in so many words until just now.

  5. Lonespark August 13, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Love stories between people who are in a relationship and just going on being awesome together while they do exciting stuff.

  6. Lonespark August 13, 2014 at 9:02 am

    And any diversity that is, not unimportant, but incidental to the plot and largely to the character…

    They fight crime! (and they are trans*)
    She’s a space pilot! (and a vodouisant)
    He’s the President of Earth. (and blind and desi)

    And further:
    She’s a smuggler with connections and secrets! He’s the retired president of Earth! They fight crime! In space! And fall in love! And make a baby with the newest uterine replicator technology! And the baby has the second sight! (Sequel hook!)

  7. Lonespark August 13, 2014 at 9:03 am

    (Not that you have to have love or babies. But you can totally have love and babies without it being a romance plot, or without it being only a romance plot.)

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