A Much More Cynical World of Escapism
This is just something I was thinking about recently and wanted to see what other people think.
I can understand we live in a not so great world and we have lives that more often then not tend to suck. But why to we let that relate in all the stories made nowadays? I'm mostly talking about TV/Movies or Comics: Western or Manga Protagonists are mostly antiheroes who do horrible things, Good honest people get killed just because they can't do anything about their world. And endings tend to mostly be bittersweet (as TVtropes would say) or even a real depressing one at worst. And what's worse, these stories are becoming common all the time, happening over and over and over in painting the world in such horrible and disgusting light that makes you wonder, why am I even reading/watching this anymore?
This is supposed to be our personal escapism. To get away from all the crap in the world. What's the point if we only end up facing exactly what we're trying to get our minds off it? When did us as humanity as a whole become so cynical and jaded that we have to have our stories be upsetting to even be considered worthy to be read/watched?
Anyone have an answer maybe?