After the character panel, we headed down to this panel on modern-day myths, with our friend Snorri as a panellist.
Panellists: Peter Newman, Emma Newman, Joanne Harris, Tom Pollock, Snorri Kristjansson, Anna Caltabiano
– Fairytales are the way we articulate shared human experience.
– Using an existing fairytale basis/character in your story allows the worldbuilding/character quirks to be already established, however this can lead to an unclear story due to biases.
– If we don’t move these stories around; pass them on or they will die.
– “A society makes the myths it needs to quote.”
– Humans share emotional responses to places/experiences: I ❤ New York t-shirts.
– Myths teach us not to do stupid things. They share what the human race has learned so far.
– Authors don’t have moral authority, but can be aware of the morality they are bringing through myth.
– A reader is a co-creator, decoding the pages and filling in blanks.