I am playing follow-the-leader this summer, apparently. Here is another workshop I signed up for, and am ever-so-slightly behind on. I will be scrapbooking this one, but it is about storytelling, so writers amongst my readers may be interested.
I have finished lesson one, and was inspired by Kristin’s own list of shows recently binge-watched. It is a way to look at what stories you love, in a way to find stories you will love to tell (and a way to tell them). The first show I ever binge-watched was (new) Doctor Who. At the same time I watched all Netflix had of the British sit-com, The IT Crowd (I needed to laugh).
Next was Supernatural…I have to say, I resisted this one for a while. I’ve never been a fan of horror. What sucked me in was – surprisingly – not the brother story, but the underlying mythology that the creators and writers developed. Mythology was my very first love.
Other stories I have loved include Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House book series (from 1st grade on), and more recently, the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I was intrigued by Deborah Harkness’s A Discovery of Witches, but then…vampires (another reason I didn’t think I’d follow through with Supernatural)! And finally, Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series totally sealed steampunk as a genre for me…not that I’ve been able to love everything in that genre.
Surprisingly, off the top of my head as I read through the first lesson of FYV, I scribbled down Bible stories, which is interesting because of a recent discussion with my parents about the division of Lutheran synods I was raised in. I recently attended a Bible class for parents at my church, where we discussed Jonah and the Whale as an example of an exaggerated story (along the lines of myth?) told to teach an example. The Missouri synod that my father would like to follow found this take on stories from the Bible to be most offensive; obviously my synod (ELCA, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), has no trouble with it.
Reading Joseph Campbell recently, I found that Bible as myth (not fact or historical record) resonates with me in a much more comforting way than the rigid belief of the Missouri synod church. Being that I was star pupil in Sunday school as a child, I have to include Bible stories as part of my best-understood, best-loved first stories.