“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool.”
-Lester Bangs in Almost Famous
Finding The Theme Of A Story Is A Complex Process:
A lot of storytellers get upset when you start talking about Theme. But I believe that a Powerful Theme is vital to the craft of storytelling.
Sure, you can write “fun” or “cool” pseudo-stories without a Theme, but you can’t transcend medium, genre and culture without a powerful Theme.
Stories with power are stories with a Powerful Theme.
A Powerful Theme is NOT a “moral of the story” like you might find at the end of an Aesop Fable. A Powerful Theme is NOT a propaganda technique. A Powerful Theme is honest, nuanced and universal. Put simply, Theme is complex.
So what IS Theme? How do you find the Theme of a story? How do you write a story with a Powerful Theme?
Because the process of finding the Theme of a story is so complex, it’s actually easier to show you where it’s done well than it is to explain.
Enter Philip Seymour Hoffman…
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