Never Ending Story was my childhood favorite. I can recall feeling an array of emotions and such connections to this movie…..
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One of my favorite stories from childhood is Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story. In the book and 1984 film, the Childlike Empress calls to Bastian from inside the book he’s reading. She beckons him to come to Fantasia and save their world. Bastian literally enters the story, and then later we, the readers, find we’re also being addressed by the Empress when she says to the book’s hero Atreyu:
Just as he [Bastian] is sharing all your adventures, others [us] are sharing his. . . . They were with him when he took the book with the Auryn symbol on the cover, in which he’s reading his own story right now.
Many stories include moments of author intrusion or times when characters break the fourth wall to speak to readers, but few stories invite readers to step into the story as characters themselves. Yet this is exactly the invitation we receive in the resurrection narrative of Matthew 28:1–20.
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