Simple Stories

I got to talking to my brother about the structure of The Force Awakens versus Star Wars: Rogue One today, and my complaint was that ROgue One jumped around too much and never got the thread of an emotional story, though it kind of played at it. When I watched it with my dad I could tell he was losing track at it jumping around in the beginning instead of telling a simple, personal story. Now, don't get me wrong, I sometimes like movies and books that are more ensemble pieces, and many TV shows do it very well. But for me, for myself, I'm trying to stick to simple, linear stories that more often than not focus on one or two characters primarily surrounded by secondary characters. 

Some of my favorite novels - Moby Dick, Madam Bovary, Holy Fire - are primary focused on just one viewpoint and a few characters. I don't know why I prefer that - I think maybe writing a novel is so difficult that I prefer keeping what I have to do as simple as possible, but like I also describe in this blog in the past, simplicity is one of my guiding principles when it comes to writing. 

I like to write stories that go from point A to B to C. Sometimes, I flashback to the pasts of the characters to explain how they got here, but I don't do things out of order, like, says, a Slaughter-House Five or a Pulp Fiction.  I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that kind of storytelling, in fact, it can be very effective. I'm just not personally interested in doing that in my writing. 

Why? I don't know. As I go further into my career I notice habits and rules I've adopted kind of without thought, maybe especially because I'm mostly self-taught and never went to school. When I was younger I experimented more with storytelling and structure, but now I like to keep my structure neat and tidy, but the story I'm telling and my characters a little insane.