In this Episode I talk about my experience with fictional storytelling podcast Flyest Fables. The podcast had a full season out at the time of recording and was in production of it’s second season.
Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to talk about the Podcast: Flyest Fables.
Flyest Fables is an immersive storytelling podcast for modern-day Fables written and narrated by Morgan Givens. Episodes are generally between 15 minutes and 25 minutes long. Season 1 wrapped up in Dec of 2018, and production is ongoing for the second season. Morgan’s site affirms that the episodes are scheduled to be released biweekly. Lastly, The show uses language that is appropriate and accessible for all ages.
Morgan Givens describes Flyest Fables as critically acclaimed hopepunk fables for the 21st century, presented in an anthology style. He goes into a more hearty account on his website: “Flyest Fables is an interconnected fiction anthology. In the premiere episode, we meet Antoine — a young boy bullied in school. Antoine finds a magical book that transports him into the world of Princess Keisha. Princess Keisha is on a quest to save her mother and the entire Kingdom of Orleans.”
I was not sure what to expect when I first stumbled across the world of Flyest Fables. Mostly I expected to hear something quite modern in it’s tone, and specific in offering lessons or morals crafted for the modern listener, since traditionally fables have been closely tied to offering such wisdom. I also expected each episode to be a standalone story with a beginning, middle and end. In some aspects Flyest Fables aligned with my expectations, but in so many ways I underestimated it.
The Narrative arc of Flyest Fables is kind of like The Neverending Story meets The Littlest Hobbo. We get the relationship between the fantasy world and world as we know it akin to The Neverending Story. Characters in Flyest Fables are taught lessons and have their lives subtly bettered through Fable in a way reminescent to The Littlest Hobo. The littlest Hobo is a Canadian TV series in which a German Shepard goes around befriending and helping new people in need every episode before travelling on, kind of like a furrier Sam Beckett from Quantum Leap. I’m getting away from the point, my bad.
The show makes one feel hopeful, hopepunk is a weird descriptor, yet it feels quite accurate. The enrichment of the characters lives is easy to listen to blissfully. Part of that bliss comes from Morgan’s delivery, he has different voices and cadences for the characters, one voice that narrates the story as a whole, and yet another voice he uses to narrate what happens in the fantasy portions of each episode specifically. Another enjoyable part of the episodes is the production is well done there are sound effects, little portions of singing, and music. Nothing rubs the wrong way or feels cheesy here, it all builds on itself to make the storytelling very immersive. The true centerpiece of the show though is the innovative and ambitious take on an old style of storytelling. This mixed with the inspired writing and reflection of modern morality and values sends such a wholesome idea into the world. There are no awkwardly inserted morals or quips here, only a universal message of how people ought to treat and cherish each other.
Ok so here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I would without a doubt give Flyest Fables a Standing Ovation, which is my way of saying a 5/5.
I would recommend this cast to someone who usually doesn’t take the time to listen to something with the potential to be truly uplifting. The show is great for all ages, I can only see it being even more potent for younger audiences however. Lover’s of storytelling will find real inspiration here as well.
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