Entertaiment is a noun that refers to something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement. It can be used in a variety of contexts, from a single person who chooses to play a game or read a book for entertainment, to an entire event or performance designed to entertain thousands. Entertainment can also be an activity or pursuit that is taken seriously, such as a political process, religious festival, or piece of literature. In this case, the enjoyment or amusement is derived from the seriousness of the entertainment.
Several famous stories, such as Scheherazade, have been entertaining for hundreds of years in the professional storytelling tradition. This story has been the inspiration for orchestral works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel and Szymanowski, a film by Pasolini, and an innovative video game.