I wonder. Maybe they hoped and dreamed it. But if they were alive today, they might be astonished at how their words have rippled across history.
And this has made me think. Not only is it amazing that their stories continue to be relevant today, but those of us today who read them or hear them or watch them re-enacted get transported back to another time, too. By writing what they did, they have taught us, a generation way in the future, about their world and time.
If Jane Austen could write stories that transcend the time period she is from, isn’t it possible that we all have that potential, too? We have no idea what the world will be like in 2034, 2044 or 2054 let alone hundreds of years from now, like in 3214. But the stories we tell today, whether in written, video or film, or other form have the potential to transport information to our great, great, great, great grandchildren.
Mind-blowing, isn’t it?
What kind of stories will stick? Hard to know what will be considered classic by then, but if the past holds any record, they will be stories that contain universal truths, stay with people in deep emotional ways, and have characters that people relate to no matter what time period they are from.
I wonder if we would approach creating stories differently if we thought about they could influence others well into the future when we are writing them? Regardless, I feel incredibly empowered knowing any writer today can speak loudly and clearly to the future.