Holiday Community Collaboration Question: What About Stories Makes You Happy?

The holiday season is upon us, Readers!

I don’t know how December came up so quickly, but here it is, shepherding in all of its warmth and holiday cheer. Whatever holidays you celebrate this season, I’m wishing you wonderful ones.

Since the start of December, I’ve seen many bloggers talking about the 12-days-of-anime challenge that they’re taking on as a festive blogging event, and I thought it would be fun to do a festive-themed blog as well. In celebration of the season, I’m cooking up a Hanukkah special for next week. Keep an eye out for it!

In the meantime, I wanted to celebrate and hear from YOU in another community collaboration project. Earlier this week, I read a thoughtful post from Karandi over on 100 Word Anime. The post discusses the different elements of an anime that makes it enjoyable and brings a smile to their face. Karandi discusses how this is different for everyone, and even shifts based on the genre and what a person is looking for in that moment. If you’re a fan of anime (or just really like stories in general), I recommend checking out the post.

Coincidentally, the sentiment of Karandi’s post also meshes well with this month’s OWLS theme, “warmth”. This month, the OWLS are exploring the pop culture moments that bring joy to each of our hearts as we all gear up for various holidays.

After reading the post and thinking about the OWLS theme, I started imagining all of the different things that people love about the various stories that our vast pop culture offers us. It made me want to hear what makes other people happy when they watch a show, read a comic, or play a game. This sparked this month’s collaboration question:

What is it about a narrative that makes you happy? What do some of your favorite stories– the ones that really make your heart swell– tend to include? Or, what is a story that makes you happy and what about that story (be it a game, comic, anime, or other media) makes you feel that way?

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to answer, even if this is your first time discovering Pop Culture Literary. Participating is easy:

  1. You can write your response in a comment on this blogpost.
  2. Or, if you want to write a blogpost response on your own blog, be sure to leave the link in the comments instead!
  3. If someone else gave the same answer you wanted to write, write it anyway! Your take on the same thoughts will be different than the other person’s and will always add something new to the conversation.

Remember that everyone is invited to participate regardless of length (feel free to write a sentence, five words, a paragraph, or a whole post!), writing level, or other factors that might make someone hesitant to click that ‘submit’ button. The only thing that is not allowed is blatant rudeness or cyberbullying. I know that the anonymity offered by that screen and keyboard empower many to use these digital spaces for harm, but Pop Culture Literary won’t be a channel for your unchecked self to raise its ugly head. Other than that, let loose and have fun!

I very much look forward to hearing from you!


11 thoughts on “Holiday Community Collaboration Question: What About Stories Makes You Happy?

  1. I’ll kick us off!
    Elements of magic always make me happy in any narrative. Seeing the ways that different creative minds imagine magic is amazing to me. I always find myself wishing that the same magical conventions existed in our own world.


  2. Thanks for the link to my post.
    Thinking about your question, it was recently pointed out to me that I have a real tendency to like stories where there is no clear good or evil and where both the protagonists and antagonists actually have clear and sensible goals and motivations that I can understand. I wasn’t actually aware of this myself given I love straight fantasy with very clear good vs evil set ups and yet when the person I was talking to listed the movies and shows I’d really been drawn to in recent years I realised they were right. Outside of fantasy I really do like morally grey characters and stories where it is left to the viewer to decide whether an action was right or wrong or somewhere in between.

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    1. Stories with ambiguously evil characters are excellent. It makes you question your choice to choose and cheer for a side to win. That’s one of the reasons that Princess Mononoke is so good: the villain isn’t evil, she’s fighting for a very good cause in the only way she knows how. Do you have any good recommendations for stories with these types of situations?

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    1. I appreciate that too! They’re always the characters that make me laugh the most and they’re the ones with the biggest smiles half the time. It’s the best when earnest characters say something from the heart that momentarily embarrassed themselves or another character who didn’t expect them to be so honest.

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  3. This is mostly applicable to video game stories, but I like the fact they can take me to other worlds and away from myself, so to speak. Also, I really enjoy meeting characters I can relate to 🙂

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    1. Transportation and meeting relatable characters is definitely different in games compared to other narratives because you get to interact with everything however you choose. That’s one of my favorite parts of video game narratives. People can gain a similar level of interaction with other mediums by writing their own fanfiction, but that’s still wildly different! Have you ever experienced a game where you didn’t meet any characters you could relate to?

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      1. Exactly! Video game narratives are my preference because of this. It’s like we get to live the lives of the characters. Good question! I’d have to say the Breath of the Wild characters don’t really click with me for some reason. I’m finding it hard to get into the new Zelda game 🤔

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