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When the world becomes inherently stressful, people’s taste for fiction tends to gravitate toward one of two directions:
- Escapism, running pell-mell in the opposite direction from dreary reality (the Animal Crossing approach)
- Terror or tragedy, leaning right into the stress of it all (the Grindhouse or Grave of the Fireflies approach)
And both of these are deeply useful as different forms of a release valve. I’m right there with the legions who fell headfirst into Animal Crossing and barely resurfaced for the first week, and I can absolutely relate to using heavier stories as a form of catharsis.
But some of the most pertinent stories for these times, oddly enough, are neither of these things.