200th anniversary of Brother Grimm’s fairy tales and the discussions around their work are still flaming. You can easily find an wealth of opinions, just hit search. I’m arriving to this discussion from the viewpoint of story as action – Storytelling.
For storytellers, the real discussion starts with the tales, and all those issues around Brothers Grimm are not relevant beyond a certain level; something I suppose requires an explanation.
Well, a skillful storyteller reads and hears thousands of stories and is a serious self-appointed researcher. In addition, he shares his questions and musings with other storytellers, listens to what they are thinking and questioning and receives references to more resources. Another important activity is meeting informants, folklorists, elderly storytellers, storytellers with greater experience and storytellers who are devoted to carrying on a tradition. This kind of intensive research is worthy even if the storyteller will eventually end up telling personal stories.