The Psychology of Zelda: Linking Our World to the Legend of Zelda Series
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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Embodying the Virtual Hero
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
If you had little to no experience with Zelda I feel like this would be a more interesting and enlightening read. From my ...more
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 ...more