Entertaiment is a consumer activity that encompasses an enormous spectrum of products and events, from an individual choosing private entertainment from a huge array of pre-recorded products, to banquets adapted for two, to performances intended for thousands, to video games designed for global audiences. The word entertaiment derives from the Old French entretenement, meaning to make merry or enjoy oneself.

The famous story of Scheherazade, from the Persian professional storytelling tradition, has inspired many retellings: music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel and Szymanowski; film by Pasolini; and innovative games.