If we are all narrators, writing the stories of our lives, who is our audience?

I don’t trust you.

Sometimes we choose to believe stories that we invent in order to justify unadvisable decisions.

We didn’t understand that this was the way it would go; at first we didn’t care.

We may choose to believe that a person loves us when they do not. Does this choice always lead to pain?

Consider the notion of blissful ignorance.

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We may have even heard our beloved say these words.

So you wait and you pretend.

The other person becomes a character in your own mind such that you are unprepared for the moment in which that person doesn’t follow the script.

In fiction, this “deception” is maintained via a storytelling contract.

When we watch movies, we depend on reliable, trustworthy entertainers.


Flannery has a PhD in Comparative Literature. She teaches French, Italian, and visual media. Her book on Taiwanese cinema can be found on Amazon.

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