Anna recently sent me a short video that summed up everything I ever loved about comic books and science fiction movies from my childhood:
The video discusses how movies and comics build complex “worlds” by including references to other people, places and/or events outside the framework of the current storyline. Over time, these small hints and allusions create a context for other stories and draw in readers/moviegoers by giving them access to a large body of secret knowledge.
I thought that we could use this technique on multiple levels with Anna’s unschooling project. On the literary side, I suggested that she could start creating her own universe for future stories and characters. On the more reality-based side, I thought she could start digging into world history to find examples of items that could serve as templates for her literary universe as well as provide insights into today’s current events.
- 6/21/2021 – Nice article on storytelling and world building in the Star Wars universe: https://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/news/a-new-hope-for-star-wars/ar-AALgCEh