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Storybook Plan

For my storybook, I plan to explore how certain mythological creatures are portrayed in popular culture. The primary way in which I plan to explore this is through the popular television show Supernatural. Some of the possible mythological creatures I want to explore are the Djinn (or genie), Tricksters, Vampires, Witches, Werewolves, Changelings, and possibly simple ghosts. I think I will re-watch a handful of Supernatural episodes as part of my research, including "What Is and What Should Never Be", "The Kids Are Alright", "Tall Tales", and "Live Free or Twihard". As of right now, I think that my storybook will be more like separate stories and ideas rather than one intertwining story.

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Topic Research: True Tales vs TV Tales

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For my storybook, I would like to explore the similarities and differences between the original mythology stories and those that are used in popular television. Specifically, I was thinking about how the creatures and myths are portrayed in the popular television show Supernatural. I chose this show because the whole premise of it is supernatural creatures and myths, so you would think they did their research and made it as accurate as possible. I would like to pursue this by finding episodes of the show that focus on one specific supernatural creature or myth, and watching it. After watching it I would read the original myth and see how the two compare. One possible example is the Djinn, or Jinn, or Genie. Season 2, episode 20 of Supernatural is titled "What Is and What Should Never Be". It explores the Winchester brothers hunting a Djinn, or supernatural creature that will fulfill your greatest wish. It shows that sometimes what we wish for isn't all that it's crac…

Week 4 Story: A retelling of the story of Arachne

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My name is Athena, goddess of wisdom and war. Once, long ago, I had heard rumors of a young mortal girl in the village of Maeonia who thought that she was the most skilled weaver to have ever lived. She went by the name Arachne, and -to be quite frank- was nothing all that special- the definition of a mere mortal. She did not come from a noble family, nor did she have much money. She was good at weaving, I will give her that, but definitely not good enough for her to claim that no one else could compete with her. As you likely already know, I myself am quite skilled in the art of weaving. I can depict beautiful scenes with the yarn in a fraction of the time that it would take most mortals. One day, I decided that I had had enough of her attitude. So I left my home on Olympus and went to pay Arachne a little visit. Of course, I could not let her know who I was before I challenged her, as anyone with a brain would refuse such an unfairly weighted game. So I disguised myself as a little …

Reading Notes: Ovid's Metamorphoses II Part A

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I really enjoyed all of the stories about Persephone and Hades, as well as all of the stories about Arachne. Both of these stories are taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses, which was translated by Tony Kline. Both of these are stories I have heard before, but catch my attention every time nonetheless. Because they always catch my attention, I think that these would be very interesting stories to retell in a more modern way. I like that all of these stories focus a lot on imagery and setting of the scene.For the stories of Persephone and Hades, I would use more modern language, and spend some more time introducing the characters. I kept getting confused about who was who and where they fit into the story. A big part of the reason I kept getting confused about the characters is the fact that they are using their Roman names. I would probably change it to their Greek names.For the stories of Arachne and her confrontation with Minerva, I would consider telling the story in a much more mode…

Reading Notes: Week 2 Anthology

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I really enjoyed the story about tricksters; The Tiger, The Brahman, and the Jackal by Joseph Jacobs. I enjoy stories about tricksters and other mischievous creatures. I really like how the author slowly leads the reader to the realization of what is about to happen before it is officially revealed. It was a little bit confusing at times since it was written in a fairly modern style, yet some parts utilized older language. I think it would be interesting to have a version that is a bit more focused on the internal dialogue of the jackal. I also think it would be interesting to discover what happens next, like does the jackal then threaten or eat the Brahman? I also enjoyed the fairy tale; The Three Roses by Josef Baudis. It was very reminiscent of The Beauty and the Beast, with a bit of a twist. When I was reading the story, I thought that it would be fun to have a surprising twist at the end, such as the mother giving the basilisk one of her other daughters that had demanded many thi…

Week 2 Reading Overview

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Choose from CLASSICAL and/or BIBLICAL units for Weeks 3 and 4.

Week 3: Ovid's Metamorphoses

Week 4: Cupid and Psyche

Choose from MIDDLE EASTERN and/or INDIAN units for Weeks 5 and 6.

Week 5: Ancient Egypt

Week 6: Khasi

Choose from ASIAN and/or AFRICAN units for Weeks 7 and 9. [Week 8 is review week.]

Week 7: Japanese Mythology

Week 9: Lang

Choose from NATIVE AMERICAN units for Weeks 10 and 11.

Week 10: British North America

Week 11: Inuit (Eskimo)

Choose from BRITISH and/or CELTIC units for Weeks 12 and 13.

Week 12: Nursery Rhymes

Week 13: Alice in Wonderland

Choose from EUROPEAN units for Weeks 14 and 15.

Week 14: Ashliman

Week 15: Hunt
I am really excited to read and learn more about mythology and I particularly enjoy stories about demons and supernatural creatures. For example, I am very excited about weeks 10 and 11, when I plan to read about Inuit tales of supernatural beings. One thing I may be interested in doing for my storybook is comparing real legends of supernaturals beings to the ones…