Paracosms: Fictional Worlds from a Creative Perspective
About This Show
Paracosms is an audio show about our favorite imaginary worlds. In each episode we explore a fantasy universe together and pull apart its building blocks. Every creation from Harry Potter to Star Wars will be put under the microscope. Creative influences, author intentions, and social impacts will be referenced. We will look at why these worlds were constructed and how they evolved over time.
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The Legend of Zelda is a Modern Fairytale
5 days ago
The Legend of Zelda has used the fairytale formula to create memorable settings and characters that will stick in our memories for ages to come, but it has also added a new layer of complexity to the method in the form of interactivity, the game mechanics.
The Legend of Zelda is one of the most well known video game franchises across the globe. It truly is a legend in many respects, having sold millions of copies over the last several decades. Generations of gamers have explored the world of Hyrule, tediously turning over every stone and rudely smashing handmade pottery from the depths Lake Hylia to the heights of Death Mountain.
Link, The Hero of Time, has been our window into this world of master swords and fairy magic. Befitting of one called the Hero of Time, we have experienced the many lives of Link, reliving the franchise’s cyclical storytelling with each new addition to the series.
Though hugely successful, the Legend of Zelda has been criticized for its repetitive nature. The story is more or less the same each time around. Link discovers that he was born the Hero of Time and heads off onto another adventure to save the princess Zelda from the evil Ganon. Link follows the path laid out in front of him just like all of the in-game historic scriptures and cave paintings and divine sages all say he will do, like all of the past iterations of himself had done throughout Hyrule’s history.
But cyclical storytelling isn’t new, and it hardly ever results in a failure. If we look into the roots of the Zelda world, we will find that they are drawing their water from the ancient well of fairytales.
In this episode we will explore how the Legend of Zelda became a modern fairytale and find out why saving the princess will never get old. I am Arthur McMahon, and this is Paracosms.
I will not attempt to define Faërie, nor to describe it directly.
It cannot be done.
So yeah, there are literal fairies in Zelda’s world. There are petite pestering fairies that get captured in jars and their are scantily clad Great Fairies which can grant amazing powers. That’s all well and good, but those winged magical creatures aren’t what make The Legend of Zelda a fairy tale.
The actual definition of a fairy tale is rather broad and under deba