Do you ever feel as though you were meant for something more? That your life should be more extraordinary and exciting? What about that feeling that you aren’t even close to living up to your full potential? Somewhere deep down inside you know you are more important than you seem.
Well, you’re not alone. I often feel that way, but so do many others. How do I know? I just take a look at the types of literature available throughout the years. So many stories deal with unexpected importance: the long-lost princess, unknown demigod, or surprise sorceress. The underdog who saves the day is another popular theme, as is the “discovering another world” theme.
Over and over again we see these themes present themselves in varying aspects in our fiction. Why is that? What makes this so appealing? I can only surmise that a great many people feel unsatisfied, and their subconscious minds are fighting the world’s message that they are expendable, replaceable, unoriginal, and unimportant.
There are probably quite a few people who would say that these types of stories are overdone. I think the popularity of the Harry Potter series is proof of the opposite. I think more than ever readers will continue to enjoy these types of stories, as long as they are not too boring or full of “typical” characters.
What do you think? Do you believe there is a permanent niche for these types of stories, or do you think they should be abandoned in favor of striving for something more original?