You probably noticed that we have expanded and reorganized our list of Categories this year. It is an exciting change, and people have been taking advantage of it! I am especially pleased that there are several blogs rocking Mythology and Folklore themes this year. Check out some of them:
Story Crossroads: Tales of Kindness Across Cultures
Kelsey Ketch: Egyptian Mythology
The Mad Grad Student: Characters from folklore and mythology in video games
Writing Dragons: Dragon art from various artists
Our Literary Journey: Fantasy creatures
I also have a folktale theme running on my own blog this year, and I wanted to note how fascinating it is to receive comments on posts about folklore and mythology. I am used to mostly discussing tales with professional storytellers and folklorists, people who are steeped in this kind of stuff. It is interesting to see how non-folklore people, especially fiction writers, react to the same stories. Listening to folktales is an acquired skill; people who don’t regularly interact with them have vastly different reactions than those who do. Folktales make sense in a different way than fiction does. That’s the fun part: You can pick them apart and say “but none of that makes any sense!” or “there is no character development!”, but in the end, they still carry deep truths, and they are still entertaining. On the other hand, getting opinions on the tales from many people of different backgrounds often makes me re-think the stories in a whole different light. I love that experience.
I recommend adding folktales to everyone’s regular literary diet!
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