For those who know me, you may be familiar that I investigate a wide range of stories, from movies to novels, comics, art, animation, plays, and tv shows, even if (and sometimes especially if) they’re foreign. Each week I try to discover something new, and this week in particular I started watching what could be considered a New Adult Asian drama (university students) called Dream High about a bunch of talented young/new adults who struggle to make it big in the entertainment industry. At first, the only thing in the premise that interested me was the focus on multiple characters, which are absolutely unique and brilliant, but once I began to witness the story, what stuck out to me was the volume of constant choices the characters had to make. And that’s what kept me there.
A choice is not always stated as: you must do A or B. Often, you have no idea what the character may do. But they will always be in some form of crisis or conflict and will pause if only for an instant to make the audience wonder what they’re going to do next. Most impressive is when the choice is unexpected, yet logical.
One book about choices that recently stood out was, of course, Divergent, which uses choice as a big marketing ploy. True enough, the main character is put through multiple tests throughout the story, which keeps the reader wondering what choice they will have to make next.
To quote J.K. Rowling, “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
-The Story Addict
Do you look for choices when you read/watch stories?
This week, I chose…steampunk as the theme for the special indie feature. Here is the beautiful book waiting to be read: