I’m not sure about the rest of you, but one of the things that really frustrates me about the Episode community frequently is this common phrase “It’s just a story”. It’s often used whenever you try to discuss the guidelines, negative portrayals of controversial issues, diversity, or any topic which covers the broader implications of an app aimed at young people. I’m tired of that phrase being used as a way to shut down any argument you have against bad boy stories which promote bad relationships or portraying minority characters in a bad light.
What does “it’s just a story” even mean? I mean, I understand it on face-value, but when you think about it for more than a few seconds, it becomes sillier and sillier in my opinion. For one, stories have been used and censored throughout history because humans have always acknowledged that the way that issues and ideologies are presented to us in art affects the way we think. If you are constantly being told that bad boys are the best choice for a boyfriend, for example, it is a lot harder for you to realise that they’re toxic for you. Stories are not just stories. They reflect the way the writer thinks and have the ability to shape the way the reader does, too.
What are your thoughts?
Check out my blog post here for more details on my opinion!