#StoryMOOC: Task One

You might be looking at my title and wondering what in the world is #StoryMOOC? Well, in a nutshell, it’s a part of my college class I’m taking. A few weeks ago, I came across a free online college course that was called “The Future of Storytelling.” Any sort of free writing courses excite me. I like the ability to constantly refresh myself on things, even the basics, because it’s so easy to get in the zone and forget the basics because maybe you just read up on some new technique or trend that seems so much better, but in reality it’s the basic principle that’s simpler and better.

So now that you know the back story of why I’m taking this online course, I’m also going to happily mention that they give us a creative task to complete each week. I have an option of doing the task and presenting it to just the class, but I think it’ll also be interesting to keep said tasks logged here on this blog and keep it open to discussion from others who aren’t taking the class as well as my classmates. So without further adieu, here we go!

Please think about which story you have read, seen, listened to, played or experienced has impressed you most in your life. … Which story can you still very well remember? Write down both, the summary of this story (what you remember of the story, not what Wikipedia says.. πŸ™‚ and – on the other hand: – what made it so special to you that you can still remember it.

At first, my initial response was Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling created this beautiful world that I, at first, thought was just going to be a silly little fad until I cracked open the first book and never looked back. It made me fall in love with the fantasy genre and it made me more motivated than ever before to want to be an author.

beauty and the beast

Who doesn’t appreciate this scene?

But then I thought about it more. The first week’s lecture taught me that storytelling isn’t just something that’s written in a book. It’s a lot more than that. So I thought. And I thought. And finally, I can say with absolute certainty that the story that’s most influenced my life has been Disney’s version of Beauty and the Beast.

It’s a tale of a girl who’s intelligent and beautiful and she’s not afraid to make sacrifices for the people she loves. She’s an outcast because she likes things that are labeled as “different” and she’s fine with this, a little lonely, but fine. Only when her father is thrust into imprisonment from a beast and she sacrifices her freedom for her father’s does she find someone who’s more of an outcast than she is. Though the Beast needs her to love him to break the spell, I think he unexpectedly falls in love with her and suddenly wants to change for her.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen the movie. From the wonderful story to the music, everything just works on all levels for me. Being such a huge part of my life, I’d have to say that not only has the moral of the story affected me in some way, but I think Belle, subconsciously, has always been a role model for me. I’m okay with paving my own path and doing things differently. Belle did it and she found her own adventure and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to be as brave as she is and walk right into my own adventure. I doubt that it would include an enchanted castle, but that would really make my day.

I actually dedicated a blog post last year that discussed my theory about how Belle has influenced my love of reading. It’s…insightful.

What about you? What’s your favorite story of all time?

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