There was a line in the film Shadowlands (based on a period in the life of C.S. Lewis, with Anthony Hopkins as C.S. Lewis):
“We read to know we’re not alone.”
I think that’s what good stories are all about. Whether it being a character, storyline, situation, sentiment, humour, idea or emotional state that you relate to, it makes you feel less alone when you connect to something outside of yourself, and let it touch, or spark, something inside of you.
A few of my students have had the courage to write on a very emotional and personal level, and in the shark tank of high school that takes some guts. They inspire me.