What is Entertaiment?

Entertaiment is a broad term that refers to public or private recreation. It can involve formal and scripted performance, as in theatre, opera and television; or it may be informal and unscripted, as in music or games. Entertainment can take many forms and can be adapted for any scale – from an individual who chooses a private recreation or leisure activity to the huge numbers of people involved in professional entertainment. It also has the potential to inspire a wide variety of retellings across different media, as demonstrated by the example of Scheherazade in the Persian tradition of professional storytelling, which inspired Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel to write orchestral works; Pasolini to make a film adaptation; and now innovative video games.