"The story doesn't take itself too seriously."

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Re: "The story doesn't take itself too seriously."

Postby OccasionalWriter » Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:53 pm

That is a puzzling statement to me. In the statement, we are personifying the story, that is, the story is like a person, who has the ability to cry, feel pain, suffer, and take itself too seriously. So naturally, that statement can never be true. But if we take into consideration personification within fiction, I believe its truthful meaning would be deception. They say that the writer and the actor are liars for a living. But my opinion is that writing and acting must contain truth, or else they are worthless art. Another comparison I would like to make is the prideful person. The prideful person is not a psychotic person so much, with a delusion that he or she is better, but the person is obsessed with the self and is motivated by that which will serve only himself or herself. It could also be in reference to self-indulgent writing. But when it comes right down to it, "too" seriously would of course, mean deception.


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