Fan fiction is a way of the culture repairing the damage done in a system where contemporary myths are owned by corporations instead of owned by the folk. —Henry Jenkins
Mr. Jenkins expresses why storytelling in the home is important. Sure, it’s easy to plop the kids down in front of the TV and pop in a DVD with Disney’s latest rehash of the Brother’s Grimm or Mother Goose but we are giving ownership over to the corporations when we do this.
It’s bad enough that we do it with the classics but we are also doing this with modern mythology and stories. Slowly we are losing the art of storytelling. And not just for our kids but for society in general.
I think this summer I may invite some friends over to sit around the fire pit in the backyard on a weekend night, toast some marshmallows, drink some fruity drinks and take turns telling stories that we’ve made up.