only (probably) new thing to you about this work I can say, I've got a shock at the second panel.
Did you REALLY faced something like this or straightly this in your life? I've never faced or even heard about such situation.... or even about my take on Pokemon when I tell to someone in reality(in Poland Pokemon fans are the hell rare and almost everyone knows only a childish stereotype of them)- then I see on people faces that they MIGHT feel in such way, but they never said it for real.
Anyway, like many people said it well and better than I would be able to, you made great work here and I agree with you!
I've always hated being told, "You know it's not real, right?" It seems wrong to say "Yes, of course I know the difference between reality and fiction," although I do, because it's... they ARE real. This is brilliant and lovely.
Amen to this! It's always reassuring to see others who totally get the meaning of of a good story...especially for someone like me who aspires to write her own stories. It's easy to forget what the purpose is when you see so many good books go unheard and some...subpar ones...become so famous and talked about. But that's really not the point, huh? It isn't about the fame or money or how many fanclubs you have...some of the best books and movies and TV shows I've experienced in my life have NEVER been heard of, or made into movies (in a book/TV show's case) or ever had merchandise made for it, but that doesn't make them inferior.
Actually...THIS right here is the whole reason I started writing in the first place. I remember getting lost in the story, feeling a "rush" for characters and events, and I really wanted to recreate that for others. So thanks, Mae, for reminding me of my purpose! :3
I see a sparkling vampire under the bad stories panel, haha.
Stories are important because they help us make sense of life, which can be filled with confusion. I just finished The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a powerful recount of a cancer patient whose cells formed the backbone of medical research worldwide over the past century, yet whose family or descendants never went to college (a trend which is happily changing). A multi-layered investigation from the ivory towers of John Hopkins to the gritty street life of the Lackses, on how respect in research - or the lack of it - can impact families and societies, I got the sense of the deep despair the family faced, yet their solemn optimism for the vast scientific contributions of their ancestor's cells, and am very glad for the years put into weaving the story together from all the scattered emotions, memories and records.