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The Psychology of Zelda: Linking Our World to the Legend of Zelda Series

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  18 reviews

It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this (book). 

For more than 30 years, The Legend of Zelda—which immerses players in a courageous struggle against the shadowy forces of evil in a world of high fantasy—has spanned more than 30 different installments, selling over 75 million copies. Today, it is one of the most beloved video game franchises around the globe. 

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Published February 19th 2019 by Smart Pop
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The Captain
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ahoy there! I be a Zelda fan and loved studying psychology when I was younger so when I saw this title I had to give it a whirl. While I found parts of the book enjoyable, there was too much repetition and so I found meself skimming later chapters. It read as a primer of sorts for those not familiar with basic psychological history. Nice concept and glad to have tried it but it wasn't completely to me taste. I recceived a copy from the publisher in exchange for me honest musings. Arrr!
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Before we get into the review, I should preface it with the fact that I am and always will be 100% a Legend of Zelda fan. I have fond memories growing up playing Ocarina of Time and Majoras Mask on my Nintendo 64 (of which I still pull out from time to time) all the way up to exploring the wondrous world of Breath of the Wild. So as soon as I saw this book I knew I had to read it. I thought I would note down a few thoughts I had below, while reading each of the essays.

Embodying the Virtual Hero

Liz (Quirky Cat)
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I received a copy of The Psychology of Zelda through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Psychology of Zelda is a collection of essays written by psychologists fascinated with the enduring nature of our love of Zelda. Together they delve into the psychology behind the game, some with a focus on Link, others with a focus on the plots or trials that Link goes through, and yet others choosing to focus on Zelda herself.
This novel is perfect for any fan of Zelda, from the casual
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a lifelong fan of the series, I knew I wanted to read this book as soon as I came across it. A collection of essays delving into the psyches of both characters and players? Examination into player response to the series' music, the meaning behind Dark Link, and the game's yin and yang of gender balance? Yes, please!
This book contains 10 essays spanning the series' more than 30-year history. My personal favorites were "Unmasking Grief: Applying the Kübler-Ross Five Stages of Grief Model to th
Nathaniel Darkish
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Though individual essays are quite interesting, as a book issues begin to appear. Primarily the issue is that many of the essays hit the same ideas and themes over and over, an example of which being how often Campbell's Hero's Journey or the psych taught by Jung come up.
One essay in particular shines above the rest-- the exploration of Majora' s Mask through the lens of the stages of grief. Even if you don't read the rest of the book, it's worth picking up for this one alone.
Zen Life
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I was sent an e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I love Psychology. I was a Psych major in college. I have read numerous Psychology themed media ties in books. From Buffy to Twilight, Batman to now Zelda I always find new ways of looking at how these stories are told and what they say about those of us who enjoy them.

I especially enjoyed how archetypes were explained and how Majoras Mask was gone into depth as being representative of the five stages of grief. I know I am in t
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of the franchise, and even mildly interested in psychology... this book is great. I am a psychology grad, but you don’t need to be to understand the concepts in this book. It is nice to see two things I enjoy put together with such respect and care.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a gamer and have never actually played a Zelda game. So, why on Earth did I request this book from NetGalley?

Growing up, I watched my younger brother and sister play Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess, and Majora's Mask. Later on, I watched videos of someone playing Skyward Sword so I could tell my husband what to do next. Since then, we've accumulated Link costumes for my husband and son, my husband's Master Sword and Hylian shield, and at least a couple of Link figurines. My son picked
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it

Before we start, I’m never one for reading books of this sort, I have no background in the field of psychology either, but how can we grow if we dont try something new? besides, its about The Legend of Zelda so I thought I’d give this a try,

“The Psychology of Zelda…” is a collection of mini essays from a variety of psychologists that takes a look at the themes, tropes and lore of the The Legend of Zelda series from Nintendo, collected and edited by Dr Anth
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This academic essay collection reveals why players come back to Link and Zelda, and their quest to save Hyrule, again and again. The common consensus across each essay is that the way in which the Legend of Zelda’s storyline is crafted, in combination with its archetypal character arcs, allows players to subconsciously embody Link’s journey (and Zelda’s journey) from an average orphan to the legendary hero of Hyrule. The connection players have with these characters and their struggles, allows t ...more
Diane Hernandez
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Who doesn’t love the ongoing story of Link and Zelda told over thirty years of gaming? The Psychology of Zelda explains in college-level psychological terms the reasons why we are all enamored of Link’s story.

I’ve taken and enjoyed a couple of college psychology courses. I love and have played most of Link’s games. I thought this book would be perfect for me. However, I just couldn’t get into its dry academic language. It felt like I should have a yellow highlighter in my hand throughout, though
Garrett Goody
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
It would be hard for me to recommend this book as a whole. As someone who has played nearly every Zelda game, as well as someone who uses Video Games as a therapeutic tool professionally, I was very excited for this book. However, for the vast majority of the book it was either very obvious connections, treading over old territory, or just plain over analyzed (in my opinion).

If you had little to no experience with Zelda I feel like this would be a more interesting and enlightening read. From my
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for a genuinely interesting book about a certain video game franchise, than you need to check this one out. It's safe to say that almost everyone's played a video game in their life, after all, they have billions of dollars in sales each year. The reason that The Legend of Zelda games are popular, however, or so this book claims, is because of psychology. Over seventy five million copies have been sold worldwide since the launch in 1986, and this book takes you into the reasons ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I read an ARC of Psychology of Zelda from Net Galley. It was an amazing read. This is the third Psychology of Pop Culture book that I've read. I adore all of them, but this one has to be my favorite. Now, there is quite a lot of Jungian theory included in the book, so if that doesn't interest you at all, you should skip this one. It is quite fitting for Jungian theory to be the focus, I know of no one in history more devoted to the Jungian Archetypes than the writers and creators of Zelda (other ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a new look and deeper look into the Zelda series, will be checking out more of their books in the future for sure!!
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Interesting at first, but abandoned at 30%. It started to feel as if I were grading an essay assignment where everyone was told to write on the same subject. Very repetitive.
Dani (The Pluviophile Writer)
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Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As most of the people who will pick up this book I grew up with Zelda and Link. I have every single game in my collection and will probably continue picking up any new titles although I'm going to hit 30 soon.
Most of the essays we're very interesting and enlightening as to why we're so drawn to games (not only Zelda). Some I found more interesting than others and a couple of them I skimmed through.
Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy.

If you like gaming, especially Zelda titles, and a
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I am a Licensed Clinical Depth Psychologist, video game researcher, and the Executive Director at The Telos Project, a thriving nonprofit mental health clinic in Fort Worth, Texas which focuses on video gamers and their families. I have been consulted as an expert for CNN, Inverse, Polygon, and internationally for Gehirn & Geist, while also appearing on Radio, Podcasts, and being a sought afte ...more