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Old 16th May 2019
Originally Posted by swafford View Post
It's not the gear, it's the tears.
And the laughs, and the longing... the audience has their own emotions, of course, and they may 'find' those emotions mirrored anywhere. But great works often get to be great when the creator has poured in her or his own tears, laughter, and emotions and the audience finds their own feelings reflected in them.

Anyhow, that's a great little axiom, just as you wrote it. It nails it.

(And it doesn't hurt that it seems to hint at Churchill's wartime phrase of struggle: 'blood, sweat, and tears.')