Trauma in Fiction
By Author Kit Falbo
It is the “why” for the characters.
Trauma is such a pivotal thing in writing that many books are solely about the healing process for the characters after a traumatic event. Sometimes that event is hidden from the reader and revealed as a twist later in the story. You see that in how the movie Remember Me is done, or in the sci-f film Arrival. Stories that create a loop so they can be re-watched or re-read for a different perspective. Making us ask, now that the trauma is revealed, do I get a different understanding of the story?
As difficult as trauma is, stories are built around it. They begin, heal, move around, resolve, and frequently end around trauma happening in the stories. Knowing the process of how people, societies, events, and narratives can be affected by trauma is an essential tool in fiction. It can be a resource in understanding and creating works of art. The fulcrum in which we can watch a story move.
About the Author - Kit Falbo
Kit Falbo, Born in 1980. Has always loved books, will always love books. Wants to try his hand at making books. Lives in the pacific northwest. Has won no awards.