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Really looking forward to reading at Talking Tales 13. This event on 22nd April 2017 at the Left Bank in Stokes Croft, Bristol is a leading storytelling event which it will great to be part of.

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I just read the penultimate issue of Garth Ennis’ magnum opus comic series The Boys, and it’s been quite a ride at seventy-one issues so far.

It’s been in turns hilarious, gruesome, poignant and ultra-violent.  But I think when it comes down to it, it’s got a lot more heart than you might think if you just read the reviews, or took it at a superficial level.

It’s about very bad superheroes and the very bad team who keep them in line.

But it has a lot of heart too.

Let’s hear it for Wee Hughie, who could so easily have been your normal decent guy, who, out for revenge at the death of a loved one becomes a monster.  How many times have we seen that story?  Hughie’s better than that.  This is a story about a decent man who has all the horrors of the world perpetrated against him.  Very bad things.  But I’m hoping this is the story of the decent man who despite everything can remain a good person.

I read this on the BBC site – this is quite something.  A virtual massacre.  Bear with me, although this is in no way comparable to actual people being killed, it does make me think is something happening to the stories?  Are stories under attack?

There does seem to be an undercurrent at the moment in some cultural products of stories being under attack.

Stephen Fry once said “stories are the only access we have to truth on this planet.”  I’m with him on that one, and what happens when our stories go wrong?

World of Warcraft is essentially a massive shared narrative – and so many narrative threads will have been killed by this, not only online, but the imaginative worlds of the individuals they created their characters from.

The best examples I can think of where stories under attack is a theme is Mike Carey’s The Unwritten series and Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: 2009.  If something is wrong in the world of stories, something is wrong with the world.  Maybe it is. I do believe that the world can be made a better – or worse place by the stories that people read, watch and experience.  Think of the Saw series, then think of The Cabin in the Woods, both powerful entertainments, but they are subject to quite a different world view.

Lets start the fight back by writing and living fantastic stories!

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