“Stories are important, the monster said.
They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.”

Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

The modern fairy tale A Monster Calls has been released globally for the big screen in the last month. All through the novel/film the young Connor O’Malley talks with the creature of the title to overcome his fears. The monster offers him stories that the boy must reveal if he wants to mature.

Our present issue of SIGNIS Media reflects on how media are promoting dialogue to overcome the fear of the other. The other with a different culture, religion or ethnic identity. This reflection helps us to understand the complexities of media trying to foster dialogue in times where social media are so prominent in building public opinion. It also reminds us of the necessary skills that we as communicators should cultivate to be storytellers at the service of dialogue.

Patrick Ness’ novel could be a beautiful metaphor of dialogue with the other that helps us to become a better person. A challenge that never gets old.

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