The world is a dark place. There is evil everywhere; the little evils we endure every day, as well as the great evils. For some people (myself included), the darkness seems be ascendant most of the time. This perception can cause someone to lose all hope and break them. Every day the darkness claims more people. No drastic action is necessary; simply giving up or ceasing to hope is enough. The darkness kills the drive to improve or succeed or create. It robs the world of a person’s full potential.
We see enough of this darkness every day. And enough is enough.
When we sit down to crack open a book, we need an escape, even a short one. We do not need more darkness thrown in our face. We need hope. Light. Joy. That is why we need the Pulp Revolution.
We can find any number of books that crush hope or push the reader into the darkness. Where are the books that rekindle hope and bring light? There are many of them and they come from many different genres and authors. However, the brightest beacon that currently exists is the Pulp Revolution.
These are stories with heroes overcoming villains. Stories of people with honor and loyalty. These are stories that bring a small glimmer of hope. These are good stories that inspire. These push back against the darkness that threatens to engulf our lives.
If I may quote G.K. Chesterton…
“Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. Exactly what the fairy tale does is this: it accustoms him for a series of clear pictures to the idea that these limitless terrors had a limit, that these shapeless enemies have enemies in the knights of God, that there is something in the universe more mystical than darkness, and stronger than strong fear.”
Possible Objections & Responses
What about family? Friends? The Church?
– Sometimes people let you down. A story is eternal. Once it is written down, it stays the same (unless you are George Lucas).
Are you saying that only stories with happy endings are acceptable?
– No. Some stories are a little darker and that is fine. What I am against are the misery-fests that infest modern “literary” fantasy and sci-fi.