The Power of Entertainment

Throughout history, entertainment has been vital to people’s lives. It enables them to connect with others, be creative, and develop their social and physical skills. It can also be an important source of income and can help people overcome economic hardships.

One of the most familiar forms of entertainment is storytelling. Its power to entertain can be seen in how stories like Scheherazade, from the Persian professional storytelling tradition, have inspired multiple retellings across different media: composers Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel turned it into orchestral music; filmmaker Pasolini made a film adaptation; and there are innovative video games based on the story.