"You complete me" - Jerry Maguire.
It's a famous line from the '90s. One that spawned a great many parodies and memes in its wake. It's a statement of love from one person to another. That without you, I'm not me. Or at the very least, I'm not the me I'm meant to be. You're my soul mate - the one who completes my existence.
Yet - at the risk of sounding like a major Debbie downer - is this concept really true? Be it in the context of a fictional story or our waking lives. Truth can be stranger than fiction, but fiction can communicate truths in indirect ways. So, in this - rather ranty - episode, I dive deeper into what constitutes a "soul mate" in story. What does it look like? Why is it so attractive? And from my own perspective, does such a thing actually exist (fictional or non-fictional). And if you disagree, let me know. As a writer, I'm open to critique.
The Writer's Lens - E59: The Exalting and Glorifying of Ideas
Narrative Wars 09: Why Is It So Hard To Change People's Minds?
The Writer's Lens - E58: Can Telling A Story Expose Something?
Narrative Wars 08: What Is A Human Life Worth?
The Writer's Lens Reviews: Stranger Things - Season 3
The Writer's Lens - E57: How Do We Go About Exploring New Ideas?
Narrative Wars 07: If We Buy Their Product, Are We Also Buying Their Narrative?
The Writer's Lens - E56: Does Cursing Make a Story More Realistic?
Narrative Wars 06: We Are Told We Can Change The World - Can We?
Narrative Wars 05: How Do We Develop Our Worldviews?
The Writer's Lens - E55: Pride Before The Fall, They Say
The Writer's Lens - E54: Needing To Clarify Some Things About My First Two Books
The Writer's Lens - E53: Sloth And Writing...When You Can't Adult
The Writer's Lens - Interview 16: Jordan Raynor, "All Writers Are Entrepreneurs"
Narrative Wars 04: When We Disagree With Big Narratives
The Writer's Lens - E52: A Writer's Lust Is Not A Labor Of Love
Narrative Wars 03: Who Is Responsible For The 'Big Narratives'?
The Writer's Lens - E51: Wrath And Writing
Narrative Wars 02: Your Life Is Part Of A Bigger Story
The Writer's Lens - E50: Me? A Greedy Writer? Come On Now....
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