Tag: emotions

  • Tight Times by Shook Hazen and Schart Hyman Analysis

    Tight Times (1979) is an American picture book written by Barbara Shook Hazen and illustrated in graphite pencil by Trina Schart Hyman. Tight Times also happens to be the first ever picture book read by LeVar Burton on America’s Reading Rainbow series back in 1983. I can see why they chose it. This short picture […]

  • Extra Yarn by Barnett and Klassen Analysis

    Extra Yarn (2012) is a picture book written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen. Although this is a contemporary story, it utilises fairytale tropes, in a mostly fairytale setting.

  • Emotion In Storytelling: Catharsis and Crying

    Sorrow 1912 Theodor Kittelsen

    Does a story (especially a movie) that makes us cry really offer an audience cathartic healing? Researchers say not. Studies show no improvement in mood after this kind of crying. Professor Jennie Hudson is the director at the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University in Sydney, and told Jesse Mulligan at RNZ that after […]

  • Boredom and Storytelling

    "Baseball Player Mowing the Lawn," Stevan Dohanos, Saturday Evening Post, July 20, 1946

    Why do fictional characters leave the house? Sometimes it’s because they face a crisis and are pushed into action. Melodramatic stories work like that. Sometimes characters are lonely, wanting friends or romance. Sometimes it’s because they’re curious and there’s a mystery to be solved. And sometimes boredom is the motivator. Stories can begin because characters […]

  • Emotion In Storytelling: Kindness and Pathos

    by Perry Barlow (1894-1977) 1947

    How does a storyteller create pathos in an audience? It’s not done by making a character sad. Nor is it done by simply killing a character off. Characters extending kindness to others is a far more reliable trick. Not all kindnesses in storytelling are the same. “Save the Cat” moments are a well-known tool among […]

  • Loneliness in Art and Storytelling

    Edward Hopper Nighthawks

    There is a loneliness that can be rocked. Arms crossed, knees drawn up, holding, holding on […] Then there is the loneliness that roams. No rocking can hold it down. It is alive. Toni Morrison Best cure for loneliness is solitude. Marianne Moore WILD GEESE You do not have to be good.You do not have […]

  • Bluey Australian TV Show Storytelling

    Bluey Family

    Remember that time an episode of British cartoon Peppa Pig was taken off air in Australia? It was the episode which taught kids that spiders aren’t scary. Not a lesson Aussie kids need to learn. Well, fast forward a few years and Australian kids now have their own cartoon series reminiscent of Peppa Pig. Bluey […]

  • Unrequited Love in Storytelling

    Cupid's Spell 1885 Henry Woods

    There is a strong bias in storytelling, across the board: In stories of unrequited love, the object of affection is the romantic opponent, not the main character. Time and again, storytellers show the pain of falling for someone else without reciprocation. We very rarely experience a narrative from the point of view of the person […]

  • Emotion in Storytelling: If Only!

    Arthur Hacker - In Jeopardy 1902

    I’ve been taking notice of the stories which evoke a strong emotional response in myself, hoping to find some patterns. Sure enough, there are patterns. The ‘If Only’ story resonates especially. The ‘if only’ story evokes the emotion of regret. Saudade Saudade is a Portuguese and Galician word similar to English ‘regret’. It’s pronounced a […]