To the Ones That Mattered is an anthology of fictional short stories set across two villages that exist within the landscape of the Panamanian tropical forest. Although each short story stands as a complete piece of work, when read chronologically, To the Ones That Mattered reveals a "central" (binding) story. With each subsequent short story, the protagonists and the events intertwine further, deeper, slowly etching out the central plot.
Because the world that is depicted in To the Ones That Mattered is told through many perspectives, (as many as there are the different human protagonists), the audience discovers this world through different "eyes", each distinct from the other.
Human protagonists (the inhabitants of either of the two villages: Las Montañas or El Valle) stimulate the sub-plots of each story. However, there is another character that permeates each short story: the landscape. The flora and fauna that makes up the mysterious tropical-forest is an integral element of the stories (sometimes, perhaps, the loudest!).
The strong presence of landscape throughout the anthology is a significant aspect of its premise: by depicting, through imaginative literature, the interactions between the particular human communities and their surrounding environment, To the Ones That Mattered illustrates how fictional story has the potential of communicating those agendas that stem from traditionally difficult fields such as politics/science/social science. In particular, To the Ones That Mattered depicts the concepts, theories and agendas that stem from the interactions between and within Central American ecosystems and modern human civilisations.
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