Nightwish: Stories Through Song

This week, I became captivated by the song Storytime by Nightwish, which is what inspired my topic for today’s post: Stories.

I love a stories, in any form, no matter where they come from. Stories are magical, beautiful creatures which appeal to our creative natures and inspire us like nothing else. In the words of Nightwish, they ‘read you real’

Often, people underestimate the power of stories. They dismiss them as childish, or can’t even be bothered to discover them. It’s a shame, because they are missing out. A little bit if escapism makes all the difference if you are going through a difficult time. You don’t just discover the stories, they discover you, too. They become a part of you. Every little bit you take in shapes and molds you in some small way.

For me, the stories that have ‘read’ me got their power from the feelings they stirred within me and the allegories that I was able to take out of them. I’m a sucker for a metaphor with a message, or anything real enough to make me cry or laugh. But the most compelling aspect of stories, in my opinion, is their ability to inspire you to change your own life. Have you ever been immersed in another reality and been filled with a painful, desperate yearning to be like the characters you know so well? I know I have.

Stories show us what we dislike about how we live, and give us the power to change it. They fuel our imaginations and dreams, and give us the freedom to shape ourselves into whatever we want to be.

We are all the authors of our own stories, and we all have to power to give them a happy ending.

The core of life is a limitless chest of tales.’


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Amelia Starling is a writer and folklorist. She graduated from the University of Winchester with a degree in Creative Writing, and is Senior Editor for Folklore Thursday. She loves travelling and collecting stories, and spent 15 months living in Japan doing this alongside teaching English. Amelia blogs about folklore and fairy tales at The Willow Web. You can follow her on Twitter @amyelize.

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