Monday, April 23, 2018

T is for Tales #AtoZChallenge

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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Seema Misra said...

Folk tales are so much fun ... I like hearing folk tales while travelling. Hope to document and illustrate some in the coming years.

Do see and share your thoughts on my #BlogchatterAtoZ post for the letter T:

Anonymous said...

have a great week everyone! :)

kaykuala said...

T for Top of the morning


Pradeep Nair said...

T for Tears of Joy

Cathy Kennedy said...

Good-morning and many thanks for co-hosting the A2Z Event! I will stop by to check out the blogs mentioned as well as yours. I'm not sure if I've had the privilege of visiting but before the day ends I shall.;)

~Curious as a Cathy
A2Z iPad Art Sketch 'T' Turtle Couple

Crackerberries said...

Happy Monday ...

Linda Gardiner said...

T is for Tarnish

Anonymous said...

T for "T-Stabilization & Toe Taps"

Kelsey Ketch said...

Thanks for the shout out! Learning about mythology and folklore is so much fun. I hope to learn more about other cultures as well as I write my novels.

Charan Deep Singh said...

T is for Tamil Words I learned in last one year. This is about my struggle with learning a new language...
Tamil Words I learned in last one year

Roland Clarke said...

T is for Thanks for those Tales/Links. Some of my posts have ended with folktales as myths and legends are at the roots of many video games - and at the root of some of my reading and writing.

T is for Tomb Raider -

Emily in Ecuador said...

Zalka, How cool that others are writing about folklore and mythology! Thank you for co-hosting A-Z! I am super thankful for you and the entire team.

Emily In Ecuador

Jayashree Srivatsan said...

Poetry - T for turquoise

Wolf of Words said...

I also love folklore and mythology but I decided to do my own twist on it earlier this month. Heather and Hel

Shan Jeniah Burton said...

You just gave me an idea for next year's challenge....!

And I'm actually on time today. It's been a challenging month in a challenging year, but I've managed to get all my posts in - just not all on time....

Lady In Read said...

I am going to explore these - reading (about) folktales is always a favorite pastime for me.. Here is my T post - Yo-ho-ho and X Marks the spot, or does it?

Amrit Sinha said...

Here is my post for T-Tirupati