Ya know, I tend to find a weakness for tales involving rags to riches or riches to rags stories. They make me contemplate myself at times. I guess it has something to do with the dynamic nature of the main characters in them. The changes, when introduced to this completely strange world, and to see the other side of things.
Stories of the sort tend to get me thinking of my failings, my state in life and in society.... And I start asking "what if?"