The underlying power of story allows a reader to become a character in a book. Characters navigate passages in life that entertain on one level but also teach life lessons beneath the sugar coat. Luke Skywalker fought Vader but we are left knowing beneath great evil, good may still lurk. Older still, in Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack discovers a strange thing. Out of an impractical act, he lost a cow and gained riches -but only when he climbed a magical beanstalk that you may discover is a metaphor for the bridge between the subconscious and the conscious. Much more is going in with Jack’s beanstalk than you think. (and that was not a double entendre lol)
We’ve lost the magic in story, the life lessons we can learn from the difficult passages characters live through; this is why modern stories are so shallow and it explains why our children are left rudderless in a digital desert.
We need better stories.