So I’ve been mentally tossing and turning, trying to figure out what to write, and how to write it. What is my audience? What are their expectations? How intricate can I make the story? How simple can I make the story without boring people? The idea needs to be captivating enough to hold children’s attention, but simple enough that they can understand. I can’t simply jump into the story without understanding what children nowadays want to read. Gone are the days of Tom and Jerry, The X-Men, and Inspector Gadget. Now you are either being bombarded with the mind-numbing stupidity that is Spongebob Squarepants, super complicated anime fighting cartoons with no conceivably understandable plot, or dark and Gothic shows like Raven or The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy–the list is endless…and the situation, depressing. Speaking of Gothic cartoons, I won’t lie, I did love watching the Adamm’s Family back in the day, but then again it was simply the cartoon version of The Munsters. The important difference to note between both these shows and the drivel currently being shown on TV is the tongue-in-cheek handling of rather dark subject matter. At the end of the day (or episode), there was a lesson to be taught, often implicitly so. This lesson was taught through appealing to the humorous side of the audience’s sense of the macabre..

Technology has made it so that kids are constantly being bombarded with increasingly complex visual stimuli. Watching movies and TV nowadays is not like it used to be. I strongly believe that modern television — at least cartoons– is leading to a generation of children who have lazy. imaginations. The litmus test for a good show/book/play is the ability for the audience to recreate the world of the story in their heads from the story alone.

I tend to approach everything from a technical standpoint: reading, planning and organizing to ensure that I known enough to accomplish a task. I’m not going to do that with this project. I’m simply going to jump in and see where the flow takes me..

First we need a protagonist: Aisha? Tobi? Jamal? Zola? All of them?

Title options:

Finding Ananse

The Journeys of Aisha and Ananse

The Griot

Triad Tales (triad being the name of the neighborhood)

Stay tuned.



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