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Imagination Connoisseur, Kenny Kraly, Jr., shares his love of storytelling and helps us understand (from his perspective) what makes a story good or bad. What works and, more importantly, what doesn’t.
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Hey Robert and members of The Post-Geek Singularity …
First off, Robert, thank you for everything you do for your channel and all the work you do. It’s really inspiring.
I’m back again with another letter – and for today’s letter, I wanted to talk about storytelling and why it is key.
Whenever we watch a TV Show , a movie or read a comic book or book, we always want to see or read a good story. But when a story it is not well written, for a TV show or movie, or when a comic book has bad artwork, it sometimes does not come off as well.
A really well-made story – if you make it compelling – can really be something special and you will remember that story each time you watch or read it. However, with a bad story, you may not remember as much and will not go back to it.
So what makes a bad story?
Well for me, a bad story for a TV show, movie, book or comic is when it is written poorly (or in the case of a comic book, when it is written poorly and has not-so-great artwork).
For example, as much as I love The CW/DCTV’s Arrowverse at times, when it is good and they have knocked it out of the park. There have been other times where I’m like: “Huh, they did that? Um ok.”
It’s a Catch-22 sometimes with stories in TV shows, movies and comic books. Sometimes you don’t know if you will get really good-to-great stories or bad stories. The beauty of storytelling when it works and is told well (in TV shows, movies, books and comics) is it can take your breath away. When it works well, it can leave an ever-lasting impression.
That’s why I keep coming back to stories – because as you have always said, Robert, everyone has a story to tell.
Well that’s all for now. Keep up the great work and live long and prosper !!!
Sincerely, long time listener,
Kenny Kraly Jr. From Ohio