In this post, I will outline a few details from a select three “storybook” projects made in the past.
Tales From the Love Gods
I greatly enjoyed viewing this storybook, a presentation on the Gods
of Love: Cupid, from the Greek/Roman belief, and Kamadeva, from the Hindu tradition. The storybook introduction is quite clever, set up as a dialogue between the two.
In this presentation, Cupid and Kamadeva, affectionately nicknamed “Kam,” compare and contrast the stories they have of love both lost and found. One of the stories immediately caught my eye
because I have become familiar with it through my theatrical work. The tale of “Orpheus and Eurydice” is a classic Greek tragedy. I admire the way the author of this project altered a few minor details to modernize the piece, and established Cupid and Kamadeva as matchmakers.
The House to a Wife of Many
The introduction for this storybook was very interesting, claiming to expand upon a story told to the author as a child. The story itself is a bit of a cliche, however, one could also look at it as a classic mystery. The reclusive owner of a beautiful, castle-like home is left alone, merely to be inquired of by the townspeople, but everything changes when her husband is found dead, and her attitude is not indicative of a grieving Christian wife. When a suitor comes along, months later, and is also found mysteriously dead following the couple’s marriage, the mystery grows and the story takes on a murder, ghost story type of mood. At the end of the introduction, the author claims to be on her way to explore the abandoned house in investigation. I think the premise of the storybook, while perhaps cliched, is fun and eerie in the most interesting of ways.
Character Therapy: Healing in Stories
This last storybook resonated with me immediately upon my opening of the page. The introduction takes a second person perspective, with the author acting as the head of a group therapy session and the reader as a participant. It then highlights a few members of the group and their respective stories. This really resonated with me because I am an active participant in therapy, and am very serious about mental health issues and advocating for them.