Today my English Professor just said something that really hit me.
One of the students was complaining about about our upcoming essay. He kept saying things like “why does it have to be times new roman?” “why does it have to be 12 point font?” and “why do I have to turn in an outline?”
My Professor, instead of brushing every question off by saying “because I said so” or “that’s how it is”, gave clear and concise reasons for everything.
Finally the kid asked, “Why can’t we use past tense in this essay? Everything in this book was in the past.”
My Professor responded,
“You’re wrong. The story of Odysseus isn’t something of the past. The moment you open a book and read it again, the characters, the story, the world, exists again. When you watch a Marvel movie, do don’t say Captain America punched him, you say, Captain America IS punching him. Stories, whether as books, movies, shows, comics, or such, are like living creatures, living and dying. When you put the book down again, the story has ended. When you pick it back up and read it again, the story is happening right then. Stories are immortal. They will continue to happen again and again, as long as someone continues to pick it back up. Over and over, from generation to generation. Your book, your story, will continue to happen, over and over again, even after your great grandchildren have forgotten your name.”