This is the first podcast review I’ve done! Yay! It also means I’m not getting a single cent from this post. Darn it! This also means the layout of this post is different from my usual layout, even though the content comes in the same order. Think more “Batch Post Entry” and less “10k words long review”. Though I have more to say about this than two paragraphs.
Anyway, the concept of Myth & Legends is exactly what the title is. It’s about myths and legends, and some folklore and fairytales as well. Many games, books, comics, films, and TV shows (and so much more) has gotten inspired by myths, legends, fairytales and folklore and we often might not even know where it came from, so a podcast with that topic can be really interesting to listen to. Myth & Legends is a very international and some things that have been covered are Greek myths, Arthurian legends, Japanese tales, American stories, and the origins of some much beloved Disney films (like one of my favourites – Mulan).
So is this podcast good? The 60+ episodes I’ve listened to are certainly not just for this review. But most of them are the old ones. The 30-something first tales, myths and legends. I did, however, also listen to 10 of the most recent tales/myths/legends, and the quality certainly has not gone down.
Jason is a great storyteller and I have had many laughs, but also gotten suspense and food for thought. And some “ewwwww”s. I do love these kinds of things – long before I played games or watched anime, or even read – but I have had the benefit of listening to Greek myths on tape when I was a child. Oh, and this link is for the kids who for some reason don’t know what the hell a cassette tape is.
So I’ve really enjoyed it.
But as much as I want to just praise it, there are downsides. They don’t necessarily take away from the enjoyment and how much you can learn but may be good to keep in mind.
This is a podcast. It sums things up and leaves out details because we don’t live in a time when we tell entire stories in song, and we have so much access to surviving myths and legends that we can’t know them all or read everything. It also will become a bit of an interpretation, because Jason can’t tell everything. These podcasts would be hours long for just one episode a lot of the time. So these stories are short. But he has a degree in English… literature? (I think – it doesn’t clearly state in the site’s about page, but I remember hearing something about that quite a few times.) so he does his best to understand the stories while also making them enjoyable to listen to and really telling them from a certain perspective (consciously). And he does mention he can’t understand the logic behind some stuff because of the values and such that we have as 21st-century humans.
The other downside, which I don’t really find being a downside because I’d be the biggest hypocrite on this blog (which consists of one writer, so I’m still the biggest hypocrite), but he does have ads (on episodes that are available for all) after about a year into his podcasting. This guy does this for a living (I think – he started doing so about a year in, but that was a few years ago), so the ads make it possible for him to have an income and just give us enjoyment. So, really, it’s not a downside. There’s like one every episode, and that’s less than the average of affiliate links I put in my blog posts. He’s doing better than I do on that. Lol.
This podcast is so worth it. And if something catches your interest in general or because of a game or a book which are inspired by something you hear, you can always look further into it, and you can get a whole new experience and/or understanding for media.
And to be fair, as a literary science enthusiast I got to say a lot of this podcast covers the history of whatever form you enjoy your fiction in. Stories started out as oral traditions and then were made to writing and so many of these are so old and it’s so fantastic we have it, and that we can have everything it has become. Including my blog. But this paragraph is just me geeking. And it’s the geek that says “I recommend this SOOOOOOOO much.” But, yes, really. Go listen to it.