Myth vs novel

ArnoleIstari

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Firstly I am not a Literature major, my inclinations lie more towards the philisophical and psychological, so if I'm off point here, please let me know!

I was listening to the discussion on Ender's Game and Dr. Olsen made reference to the fact that "i am more interested in thinking about the role that these characters have in the story....not trying to imagine them as if they were real people...as if in reading about this character I'm trying to understand another fully realized human being. But rather to see the characters as...what they think and what they do and the part that it plays in the story that we're given"(Episode 1, Ender's game 1:04:00-1:04:34)

This started me thinking about how there seems to have been a shift from story driven narratives to more character narratives, or as I put it, from a myth to a novel setting. There seems to be a universality to myths where you could take any person, plop them down into the story and it wouldn't change very much. I'm thinking about how Roger and Hammerstein's Cinderella had a black mother, white father and asian son, and the story didn't care. As opposed to some of the cast of the new Amazon show saying that they're 'updating' Tolkien's work for the modern era. in one sense I think it shouldn't matter what individual is playing the part, the story should still remain intact. But as Dr. Olsen made mention of, there seems to be a shift in focusing on the characters rather than the story that they are in.
 

Jim Deutch

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This started me thinking about how there seems to have been a shift from story driven narratives to more character narratives, or as I put it, from a myth to a novel setting.
During the "golden age" of science fiction, there were many stories where character was irrelevant, or nearly so. They focused more on a sense of wonder, on super-technology, and on philosophical issues. I agree there's been a shift towards character-driven stories, but I'm not sure that "race-blind casting" has anything much to do with that.
 
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