Yo! The SASS here, coming to you with another Round Table. In case you were living under a rock or something, you probably heard that the Round Table is going to be every other month. No sweat off my brow. It gives me less to write, so it’s a WIN, WIN situation.
Okay, let’s introduce the participants in this roundtable:
C. Desert Rose
Queen of Spades
and new to the Roundtable
Now it is time for the Round Table Question.
What do you think is the most important element in a holiday story and why?
I believe that ambiance is the most important element in a holiday story. If the person reading the story cannot “feel” the holidays, then the author has missed the mark.
I believe I’ve said this many times in the past, but to me, story telling is like music. In a holiday song one finds a rhythm and beat that reminds you that it is indeed a special time of year. I would think that this should also remain true in a story. If it is told in representation of the holidays, then the reader should be able to pick up on that immediately.
Thanks again for including me in the Roundtable.
Here is my reply to your question.
I would have to say “believeability“. “Believeabiliy”, in holiday stories, comes in the form of details. Specific details creates a clear image, a clear image creates realism. I’ve seen far too many stories that leave the important details until the end, or do not include them at all and then try to classify the story as a “holiday” tale. Yet, never once did the reader feel as though he/she was living the holiday vicariously through the story. Little things like setting a tone, giving insight into the surroundings, explaining the scents, sound and tastes, can all help with making the holiday story believeable.
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There are a lot of people who suffer from the blues, even full out depression, during the holiday season. Therefore, it is very important for a story to have some type of sunny disposition to assist in uplifting the spirits.
Thanks for the invite. Toodles!
There is a story I wrote a while back, entitled “Hope Lives”. It is about a gentleman who had it all but lost it due to a nasty divorce and as a result was homeless. One day, he was very sick and a stranger stopped to assist him in not only getting to the hospital but nursed him back to help. This was the motivation he needed to get back on his feet and start living again.
Although “Hope Lives” isn’t a holiday story, it does reflect on what is important: helping those less fortunate during times of need which is synonymous with the Holiday Season.
Da’Kharta, as always, thanks.
I think that most important element of a Holiday Story is the sense of being present when reading it. This is to say, that when the reader is reading the story, he/she must feel like they’ve been inserted into the book and are part of it. Basically, what I’m saying is, passive writing won’t do when telling a Holiday Story.
I mean, think of the old greats like “A Christmas Carol” and “A Miracle on 34th Street”. The only reason why these classics were so successful was because the writers made it so that the audience felt like they were living the story. The more “real” the story becomes to a reader, the more enjoyable it will be.
Thanks a million.
I think the theme is the important part of a holiday story. The holidays are a time of happiness, joy, and togetherness; and I think it’s important for a story to capture those feelings. When I read a holiday story, I want it to touch my heart and show characters experiencing the joy of the season.
Normally I would chime in but since I’m not a Christmas season type of cat … you get the picture.