Stories usually employ stereotypes (as describing things in their uniqueness would make story-telling impossibly long)

Stories usually employ stereotypes (as describing things in their uniqueness would make story-telling impossibly long) but many stories employ stereotypes that might be better off left unused.

Stereotypical portrayals of people are going to happen in stories. Much depends on the culture. Western world stories often have clear heroes and villains for example, each with expected traits. Are they universal stereotypes? Is Joseph Campbell’s monomyth “the story of stories”? Sometimes but there are other ways to tell stories.

Coming of age stories are monomyth stories. Hero sets off on adventure, leaving hometown and comfort to defeat some impossible enemy, with mentors and guides and mini battles along the way, and returns home changed, no longer the person they were when they left.

So they’re powerful. But employing ageism in the process isn’t necessary to tell a good story and I think they take away from the story.

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