In the various responses to my question (Why are audiences eating up personal memoir as a genre at storytelling events?), people suggested to me that personal memoir stories would appeal to:
1) folks who grew up deprived of these types of tales told round the kitchen table (and damn the television for it!); or,
2) folks who grew up with these types of tales told round the kitchen table, and miss that (damn that television!); or,
3) folks who grew up deprived of traditional tales (damn television!) and as a consequence can't relate to traditional tales, ergo, by default, prefer personal tales.
(What is it with storytellers and television? I'll gladly throw mine out the window too, but you'll have to pry my cold dead fingers off my high-speed internet connection before I give up episodes of Lost streamed to my computer.)
So which is it?
Are audiences hungering for something they've never had?
Or something they once had and lost?
Did your family tell stories, either around the dinner table or at gatherings of the extended clan? Does that experience have any impact on how you feel about hearing personal stories at storytelling events?