Aarne--Thompson--Uther type 333? You are now joining the catalogue of Little Red Riding Hood variants. The index began recently in 2004--but the initial investigations began way before the aughts. It is quite a robust collection and reminds me a bit of the archetypes from Greek Mythology. Easily distilled into broad categories by syntax like The Heroes Journey for example...
Data literacy and telling stories from data began after reading my first book by Stephen Few and his famous quote--Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a voice.
Harper's Magazine included an essay in their March edition, The Story of Storytelling.
Since Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859, scientists have repeatedly proposed that the laws of biological evolution apply not just to bird and beast but also to creatures of the mind.
Perhaps most famously, in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, the English evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins coined the word meme to describe a “unit of cultural transmission” analogous to a biological gene.
Memes, he wrote, could be ideas, tunes, or styles of clothing—essentially any product of human intellect. Moreover, they were not just metaphorically alive but technically living things.--The Story of Storytelling by Ferris Jabr
Unlike their predecessors in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, modern biologists no longer depend primarily on morphology and anatomy—on appearances—to establish evolutionary relationships between organisms. They can also compare their DNA, which maintains a record of familial mergers and divisions over great spans of time.
As different species evolve, they accumulate genetic mutations at a more or less steady rate. In general, the more similar the genomes of two species—the more that certain key sequences of As, Ts, Cs, and Gs match—the more recently they split from a common ancestor. Using this general approach, Tehrani and a few other researchers pioneered a new kind of “phylogenetics” specifically for folktales and myths.
The gist of their method is to reduce stories to their most fundamental structural elements—the narrative analogue to genes, sometimes called mythemes—and statistically analyze the number of discrepancies between those elements to determine ancestral relationships.The Story of Storytelling by Ferris Jabr
First, we need the framework of our curiosity. And only then can we begin looking for the right data to flesh out deep moral insights and possibilities...
If we remove their layers of symbolism and subtext—which have been interpreted and reinterpreted for millennia—and focus on their narrative skeletons, we find that they are studded with practical and moral insights: people are not always what they seem; the mind is as much a weapon as the body; sometimes humility is the best path to victory.