How do books make you feel?

A few weeks ago, I posted an image on my Instagram account which said:

"Some books leave us free and some books make us free."

I was contemplating what this means when it struck me that nearly every modern story has an ending where the good characters win. I've had this debate with a few people in the past where we discussed why this is important. Why is it that the bad characters in a story do not usually win, but in reality, it often feels like they do? Why is it that nearly every story has a good ending? The exception is a Tragedy – a genre of storytelling where the hero is brought down by his/her own flaws, such as greed, over-ambition and etc.

The conclusion I came to then and I still adhere to now, is that we want stories to have a good ending because it inspires hope within us that our own stories will also have a good ending. The good characters in any story usually represent an aspect or quality that we admire, giving us the courage to face the evil forces in our own lives. This is important because we sometimes feel overwhelmed by the crap that we have to deal with. 

In Hushed Invaders, the protagonist is a 16-year-old girl called Emily Manther who has a lot of crap to deal with. She is a deeply flawed character with a lot of insecurities about her looks, but she is on the side of the good forces. The antagonists are a group of creatures who call themselves the Discubas, who represent the forces of evil. She goes through a series of trials to fight these creatures and gain the freedom that she has been denied. I hope she will inspire in you the courage to deal with the crap in your own life, on your journey to freedom.

D. L. Akosua