Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Aarne-Thompson Classification System

In 1910, Antti Aarne developed a motif-oriented, enumerated classification system for folk tales; Stith Thompson translated and expanded this system, releasing it in 1961 as the Aarne-Thompson Classification System.

I think this has great mashup potential; consider:
- set "Contest between Man and Ogre (1060-1114)" in post-apocalyptic North America
- format "Enchanted Wife (400-459)" for sitcom; film in B&W
- perhaps "The Obstinate Wife Learns to Obey (900-909)" starring Eva Gabor?

Oh, nevermind. It's been done.

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