OK Remmet (sorry, but that is all I know to call you), your thesis carries with it the supposition that the core of humanity, that which is seen as essential, is culture variant. In other words, what is of primary importance changes from one sub-set culture to the next. My original reason for the post is that, when I go on the boards that discuss great books or great television (oxymoron for most shows) the only barrier is language. LOTR is loved by people who can't speak a lick of English, but love the themes and world created by Tolkien just as much as we do.
So, there must be some core themes that have Japanese girls going nuts for the Twilight universe just as much as us. Universal themes. To use greek philosophy, the perfect ideal that transcends human existence. Can there be such things? The evidence points unequivocally to yes. Sacrifice is a biggie, but what of others?
Why are there international geeks for such stories?
Long post, and very complex, but GOOD discussion.
dandyvampgirl_13 wrote:Well, yeah! Good stories can be a lot like real life, even if they're not "real life" stories. The Diary of Anne Frank makes most everyone cry because its a real life story of an innocent person who suffered a heck of a lot, which everyone (unless your Voldemort; sorreh, re-reading HP7 again) can relate to in some part, so it awakes our emotions. Yet so does Lord of the Rings, which doesn't even take place on Earth and most people aren't human, yet it still has a lot of humanity and their best and worst in it.
Love that! By the way, love the specrtospecs too!
The reason for the discussion is not just to find the common theme, but to use it. Once we see what is true, can we ourselves strive for it?
Deeper and deeper we go!!