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    existentiaistl crisis

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Lou Plot Point Olson, Oct 23, 2011.

    so i'm a light designer for my high school play (a series of three one acts). i love the theater but i'm starting to see that nearly every character i see now and these days has a fucking existential crisis. "Do i exist!", "What's the point!", "Is there such thing as existing!"
    i'm starting to get pissed off and wondering if i'm the only one. any thoughts?
     
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    Not to detract from or argue against your point, but perhaps this recurrent theme highlights a poignant aspect of our modern zeitgeist, that some feel is worth exploring..?

    I agree that existential contrivances for the sake of it get irritating and uncreative, but in general, delving into the most fundamental fabric of being and meaning isn't something I mind. Then again, I am an existentialist. Of course, it all depends on how well done it is, and what audience it's targeted to. Perhaps it is either not well done, &/or you are not the intended audience?

    Just my 2 cents.
     
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    see where?... what are you referring to?... just in stage plays, or also in tv, movies, or real life?

    if stage plays, how many contemporary ones have you actually read/seen?
     
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    I suppose it can be irritating if it is pretentious, which it is in a lot of cases... if you read really deep existentialism such as Dostoyevsky then you will feel more rewarded
     
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    thanks for the change.

    1st: i find that people are lazy exploring this theme. that's why it's annoying. people do it thinking they're the next Decart, and then fail to explore the theme.

    2nd: i'm mainly doing this to get different perspectives. i don't get enough.
     
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    I'm currently experiencing an existential crisis, so novels, plays, et cetera dealing with this topic are of interest to me. However I could see a well-grounded, well established person finding this topic rather boring. Like the first respondent said, "delving into the most fundamental fabric of being and meaning" - I think there is a massive audience seeking such subject matter. In my humble opinion, people in general don't often think about the bigger picture, they're usually too concerned with everyday tasks; I think "they" would appreciate such works...
     

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