It is a common conception that audiences, whether they be watching a movie, reading a book, or even attending a live performance, are egocentric; meaning that their personal interests and beliefs take precedence over the topic at hand.
What this means for storytellers is that their audience needs to be considered when crafting a story. The story should be tailored to their beliefs and sensibilities while still keeping a high level of entertainment. In other words, if you want to captivate and keep your audience’s attention, you need to focus on telling a story that they can relate to and understand.
This egocentricity also means that audience members are more likely to be swayed by a story that is made up of familiar or comfortable elements. Stories that have a good balance of elements and surprises are more likely to be successful, as long as they don’t veer too far away from what the audience is expecting. For example, if a storyteller is trying to relate to a young adult audience, they’ll likely have more success if they focus on characters that are going through experiences that are familiar and relatable to the audience.
In addition to this, egocentric audiences are more likely to appreciate stories that make them feel something. It is important for storytellers to understand the power of emotions when it comes to crafting a successful story. Stories that engage and evoke emotion can help to create a deeper connection between the audience and the story.
All in all, understanding that audiences are egocentric can be very beneficial for storytellers. It can help them to craft stories that will be more successful by appealing to the egocentric audience’s beliefs, desires, and emotions. This is why it is important for storytellers to take the time to understand their audience and their needs in order to craft stories that will truly captivate and engage them.