...a story is about more than its individual parts.
For instance, my favorite line I use to "sell" TWILIGHT to the naysayers is that it's a love story...that happens to have vampires in it. OKAY, I understand those vampires are sort of their own breed and they're terribly romantic. But it's a LOVE story. Regardless of the depiction of monsters, if you don't love the love, you won't like this story. Honestly, if the vampires mean more to you than the love story, do NOT pick up this book. Sorry if you already have. It's TWILIGHT. Your girlfriend made you see the movie. They tried to put some action in it. I know. It was still...OTHER. And I know there's a part of it that intrigues you (come on, Breaking Dawn Part Two, i.e. Bella's self-actualization kind of has you interested). Under certain conditions...
...a great story is created.
For instance, THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers is possible because of a zombie apocalypse. Okay, a group of teenagers thrown together by circumstances and fortifying their high school against certain death pushing in at all sides seems a bit BIG. But it's more like the movie The Breakfast Club in how each of these very different characters come together and confront their lives, what counts, what doesn't, in an un-blockbuster story of quiet strength and sacrifice and SURVIVAL.
Under certain conditions, a story becomes so much MORE...
...than your girlfriend's latest obsession
...than words strung together
...than a talking horse with wings (seriously, if you haven't read PEGASUS already, we must shake our heads at you)
Under certain conditions, a story might just change your life (like, THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS) or let you hide from your life for a while (um, hello Middle Earth, Hogwarts, and Brimstone's secret lair) or encourage you to live more deliberately (a zombie apocalypse or a supervolcano will do it).
And when certain conditions come together with great characters and action that counts, Imma be reading that. ;) What are you reading right now that's "More than just a (fill in the blank)"??
OR riddle me this: Imagine you are in a sinking boat surrounded by sharks. How do you survive? (Just stop imagining it). wah-wah. Someone named "iloveonedirection" posted this on Riddle Me This.