And that’s where escapist entertainment comes in.
Television in the form of a comedy, dramedy, or drama, in series format or just a good movie, gives us that temporary respite from everything that’sd going on around us.
For a longer respite we turn to a book, sometimes an action-packed thriller where the plot could be only too real or a flight of fancy that just borders on the unbelievable. Or maybe a good romance, just to remind us, or reinforce the notion that there can be a happy ending.
But the trouble these days is finding the time as more and more everyday stuff impinges on our lives, making less time for everything else.
Stories have got shorter, e.g. the advent of the ‘novella’.
Mills and Boon head the right idea, making their romance novels fit into 187 pages, not too long and not too short. I don’t know how they did it, I tried writing one, and no way would it fit into 187 pages, but then it did sneak off into the thriller category.
It might be why science fiction and fantasy books are so popular. If we’re going to leave this world for a while, why not go all the way to another world. Things have to be better there, don’t they?
It’s probably why I can come up with so many ideas about being anywhere but here, in this reality. It is probably one of the most boring existence because I cannot work, and in retirement, other than tormenting grandchildren, gardening, which I never really liked, and house renovations, which there are only so many you can do, there’s very little else.
It’s probably why most of us don’t read or view real life. We already have that, we don’t want to be reminded of it.
Time to get back to my other reality.