Durch Daniel habe ich von dem Online-Kurs “The Future of Storytelling” (Link) erfahren und auch wenn ich viel zu spät angefangen habe (jetzt erst. Der Kurs ist vorbei), werde ich euch dennoch an meinem Fortschritt, bzw. den “Hausaufgaben” teilhaben lassen.
In “Woche” 1 ging es um folgendes:
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.. and – on the other hand: – what made it so special to you that you can still remember it.
YOUR TASK IN DETAIL:
Retell this story by giving a short summary of what you can remember of it. (in less than 400 words)
Think about (try to remember) and write down what fascinated you most about this story. What can you remember best? What impressed you most? … Its characters? The locations? The plot? The style and voice of the story? Or maybe even the surroundings of how this story was told, maybe by your parents, grandparents, or maybe in your first self-read book? Tell us the story OF the story so-to-speak. (less than 500 words)
At first I wanted to say “Die unendliche Geschichte” because it’s one of the first books I’ve read by myself and I’ve read it quite often as well. But maybe the Neschan Trilogy fits better. In this books, a young boy named Jonathan Jabbok who sits in a wheelchair, travels into a magical land called “Neschan”, which he has to save. Of course.*
In his dreams, Jonathan is everything he isn’t in real life, strong and brave. But of course there is a twist. (Isn’t there always?)
His dreams aren’t just dreams, this land is real and he falls in love both with the world and his life there and with a girl, too. In the end he has to choose which life should be the real one, because the longer he stays in one world, the weaker he gets in the other.
Growing up I didn’t have many friends or took part in social activities, so I escaped into my books. Yes, what a stereotype, I know. I loved stories like that because they offered a solution. Now I recognize the typical young adult pattern which speaks to a lot of children, back then I fell for it, loved escaping into this world, loved fantasizing about Neschan for myself. Finishing the trilogy always depressed me deeply. I felt like I lost a good friend. And soon after I would start the books anew. I bought some more books from the same author but none of them offered me a world like the Neschan-trilogy could. So I came back often. I don’t think any book (or story) meant so much to me like these books did and I probably would’ve turned out to be a different person if it weren’t for these books.
(This text is somewhat “stream of consciousness”-like and therefore left unedited and unaltered on purpose.)
* In this land he finds a stick and develops some kind of magical powers. The whole story is greatly influenced by Christianity and Judaism, our middle ages and the author’s mentor, Michael Ende. Similarities to “Die unendliche Geschichte” are no coincidence but the author – Ralf Isau – was some sort of protégé Michael Ende’s who knew about this story and even endorsed Isau in writing it. Michael Ende died the same year the first book was released.