Storytime with Judas ended it's 10th episode this week, and we were all left with a whirlwind of questions and existential angst.
After a thoroughly good reading of quirky and independent writers, Judas ended with a more pop culture "kid friendly" related book based on Back to the Future.
Does this means the vlogger with goals of making thousands of dollars per video has sold out? That is difficult to say, since the act of selling out requires a level of integrity and not just producing content for the money.
Putting all of that deeply philosophical questioning aside, we had some more pressing questions to ask.
1. Would the books read make cool movies or videogames?
There is a lot of bright colors and easy dialogue in all of the books Judas reads (and the aforementioned BTTF book has already been a movie), but there is an underlying context that might not be translatable. Judas chooses the books he reads for several criteria; whimsy, vocabulary, thought provoking concepts, using imagination, and being able to view the world from another perspective. These all come into play in his favorite reading Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich. In that story, the vocabulary is obviously clever due to its rhyming nature, but it is also a story about perception. Frankenstein's Monster isn't a bad guy, he's just hungry. And he sees the best in people who are mean to him by taking their bullying and turning it into something satisfying for himself.
Would this translate to a longer visual format? Maybe not, since the Hollywood has a tendency to throw content in that isn't necessary to a characters progression.
2. Which characters would we like to meet in real life?
Maybe we wouldn't like to meet Dracula on a moonlit night, but it would be really fun to hang out drawing futuristic cars that solve the earths problems as in If I Built A Car.
3. What was the most interesting part of the stories that were read?
Funny voices and faces always add to a good story. Funny voices don't make a story good, though. Hopefully, the stories that were read and are going to be read will have more parts that spark our imagination.
4. Should Judas add links to where the book can be bought?
We can always watch Bedtime Stories with Judas over and over again, but the best part about reading a good story is sharing it with others and adding our own voice to it. When we read to others, we can show others what parts are important to us by how excited we get when we read our favorite parts. Also, we can see the pictures more clearly and appreciate all the drawing and painting that went into making the book.
5. Will Judas take requests?
For now, no. Judas has no problem reading books that his viewers love, and would look forward to doing that. For now, as his audience remains small, so will his library selection.
Hudson Gannon, reporting.