Outgrowing

Dear Dazai,

I’ve been debating exactly what I wanted to write about today, there’s been a few major thoughts I’ve had in my head that I felt would be something that I could spend some serious words on, but I’ve decided. I want to talk about media, and about how we often grow out of it.

Or don’t.

See, there’s still this fairly substantial bias in modern society regarding media and what media is suitable for an age group. It’s not exactly as regimented as it one was, but there’s certain things that you’re expected to outgrow. Cartoons or anime, seems to be the one that you’re meant to grow out of first. The one that isn’t really for the adults in the room.

As you may have guessed, I don’t believe a word of it. To only consume ‘adult’ media, is to miss a whole range of often beautiful and elegant stories that are considered unsuitable otherwise. Tales that have a feel of Aesop’s fables to them or the Brothers Grimm, which are often derided as too simple. Too moral to see all the intricacies of the world.

But they do something that a lot of modern media doesn’t get right, they tell us that it’s ok sometimes to see the world as the best and the worst that it can be. That it’s ok to want a happy ending or a good resolution, or simply a resolution because sometimes we need things to end.

Endings are important.

Some woud argue that we grow out of these stories for their simplicity, that we understand that the world doesn’t work like that. Personally, I think that we like to believe we’ve gone past that because it’s easier than forever carrying the burden of hope that we once did. We stopped wanting to see these stories because we want the media we consume to be as bleak as the life we lead.

We want to show that we’ve moved past the idea of following our dreams, of making the less sensible decisions, because society rewards us for being a sensible part of it. It wants us to be like everyone else because that’s how it’s set up.

Still it would seem so terribly boring to think that we can even believe in that version of ourselves enough to like stories that suggest it could be real.

xx

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