<b>ykcowrebbaJ</b> - Story as Song: Filking children's literature.

  • Doug Crane


Filk is a form of folk music unique to the science fiction/fantasy community. It is a music largely inspired by books, movies, television shows, and comics. Children's books, especially those with fanciful elements, have been a source for many filk tunes. Oftentimes, the musicians have first encountered science fiction and fantasy through the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Madeleine L'Engle, or Lewis Carroll. Inspired by these sources, filkers attempt to translate the atmosphere, emotions, and passions into song. As in any creative enterprise, many of the attempts fail, but some succeed beautifully.