The thought that a Buttercup could morph over time into an Antiope is perhaps the greatest comfort of all, in a world where women’s roles are often limited and limiting. Let us be princesses, but let us be generals too. Let us live in stories made to heal, but also in stories made to marshal bravery, fortitude, and wisdom. — Emily Asher-Perrin, Tor.com. Read More:
Siduri, goddess of beer, urged the hero Gilgamesh to enjoy life’s simple pleasures — the company of loved ones, good food and clean clothes — perhaps an example of Mesopotamian mindfulness. — Louise Pryke, Macquarie University, The Conversation. Read More:
Tolkien’s book The Hobbit was released in 1937, a couple of months before Snow White hit theaters. Both works highlighted a gaggle of dwarves as major supporting characters, but they could hardly have been more different. – Eric Grundhauser, Atlas Obscura. Read More:
“Indian mythology is a new medium of choice for feminist narratives (and it’s working).” – Urmi Chanda-Vaz, Scroll.in. Read More:
James Cameron provides audiences with a rich film experience by using all three levels of brain stimulation simultaneously: biological stimulus, social emotion, and intellectual metaphor. – Mike Hill, Film & Game Concept Designer.
Mike gives a breakdown of the cinematic storytelling techniques used by James Cameron in Terminator 2. Watch Video:
Magic realism takes a world that’s familiar to viewers and then twists a part of that world into a new shape.
It’s been said that looking at a TV is like looking at a mirror; what we see on TV reflects what is happening outside our living rooms in the world at large. But in 2016, that mirror is now straight out of a funhouse. – Tom Hawking, Quartz. Read More:
“George R.R. Martin has often said that he hates the predictability of traditional story construction, so why apply the monomyth to Game of Thrones? The Hero’s Journey is not an unassailable formula carved in stone on the side of a pyramid: it is a flexible, living idea, a suggested blueprint of how mankind’s greatest myths bubble up and out of the shared human condition, rising from our shared subconscious across space and time, and even deeper than that, from the structural depths of the very cosmos themselves. For the bloody bard George R. R. Martin, who steeps his stories in mythology, it seems impossible that he could completely avoid Campbell’s theoretical ballpark.”