Longing is the Heart of Every Story

Longing is at the heart of every good story. Characters long for someone or something that lies beyond their reach. Films and TV shows have different methods of creating that longing, drawing it out, and ultimately, resolving it. But the mere fact of a character’s longing drives the story and pulls us along with them. Here’s The Take on how creators use longing to hook us into their narratives, how it speaks to something profound in the human condition, and why we still empathize with characters who long for something, even if their object of desire is nothing we would ever want.


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