Archetype of the Week: Star-Crossed Lovers

While reading the movie review of Bright Star, directed by Jane Campion, I made a connection to another classic Greek tale of Pyramus and Thisbe. As we begin to study ancient mythology from a variety of cultures through modern times, we will learn more about how great writers often take the oldest stories, the stories told throughout time as their inspiration, because the experiences of humanity last throughout time. Why do you think writers use old stories to inspire new ones?