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Writing Hope

posted Feb 19, 2019, 6:01 AM by Ben Kreucher
There's a new literary movement beginning. Well, not new, just newly named. Hopepunk. It's a response to the current state of the world. And a direct opposite of the popular grimdark and dystopia. Though hopepunk can take place in any setting, it's defined by the protagonist's stubborn refusal to give up on hope.

It's basically Star Wars

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Though not everyone is a fan. But I am. I like infusing stories and characters with hope with the will to keep going despite long odds and difficult circumstances because that's what life is: a struggle to keep moving forward despite the crushing weight of negative forces that want to keep you in despair.

We all need hope. We all need love. We all need faith. The more stories that build those themes up, the stronger we will become. We can resist the darkness together. Books, movies, TV shows, and games are just one small way to help bring hope into a sometimes dark world.

Good stories and good writing will always rise to the top. No matter the theme. Let's bring more together and brighten our world with our light.
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