This fair tale is a little different from the others because rather than sanitizing the original, it was modified by the original author to make it more gruesome. In the original tale, Rumpelstiltskin spins straw into gold for a young girl who faces death unless she is able to…
Hmm, not sure how I feel about Jennifer Morrison being on this show. I was fine with her when i watched House (and then I stopped but that was for other reasons) and then she was on How I Met Your Mother…(I dislike her there because I dislike all of Ted’s girlfriends because they are NEVER THE MOTHER.) So we’ll see. I think maybe I just don’t like her as a blonde? I dunno. But it’s a fairy tale tv show, two of my favorite things, so I would watch it nonetheless. (And again i have to keep reminding myself that these are LOST alumni, which is definitely reason to watch.)
“The moment she entered the hall she recognized Snow White, and she was so terrified that she just stood there and couldn’t move. But two iron slippers had already been put into glowing coals. Someone took them out with a pair of tongs and set them down in front of her. She was forced to step into the red-hot shoes and dance till she fell to the floor dead.”—Stepmother’s fate as described in the original ending of the Grimm’s tale “Snow White” (via unchiffonier)
“For children a fairy tale is about hope. They don’t yet know if they are going to make it. They read fairy tales as being about what might happen, that they might have the strengths to make it through the woods and fight the dragons, and end up in the castle with the princess or the prince.”—Gregory Maguire
Are they [fairy tales] for children or for everyone?
For both. You might say that every fairy tale at its heart is the story of growing up, of a protagonist successfully navigating the treacherous path through the woods from innocence to experience without being eaten by the wolves. For children a fairy tale is about hope. They don’t yet know if they are going to make it. They read fairy tales as being about what might happen, that they might have the strengths to make it through the woods and fight the dragons, and end up in the castle with the princess or the prince.
Adults look at fairy tales differently, because, if they are adults, presumably they have made it to that safety zone of having survived their childhoods. They look back at fairy tales with a combination of nostalgia––because don’t we all love something about our childhoods anyway, including the mystery of what was going to be on the other side of childhood––and a sort of clinical curiosity. We want to know how is it that the innocent survive when they are really so clueless. We love to read about how people became who they became, how Picasso became Picasso, or how Elizabeth Taylor became Elizabeth Taylor. As adults, let’s face it, even if we have make it to adult life, we are still not sure exactly who we are. To look back at the story of a fairy tale, which is to look back at the story of a path from cluelessness to potency, can continue to give us courage.
Is there a specific setting or time for fairy tales?
A friend of mine, a writer, once said, “Fairy tales take place the between the fall of Constantinople and the invention of the internal combustion engine.” That makes a 1400 year swatch of history which is non specific as to place and time, a time definitely after the birth of Christ but before the atom bomb. One of the things that make a fairy tale is the avoidance of specificity, which allows every reader around the fireside to feel implicated. Also a fairy tale is non-specific as to its location. A fairy tale could be a neighborhood story. It could be something that happened last week down the lane, around the corner.
Still hooked on “Hanna.” I have been listening to the Chemical Brothers’ soundtrack since Sunday. I am hesitant to continue to listen because I will grow tired of it…but I will continue to listen to it at least until Friday.
Joe Wright states about “Hanna”:
The story as a whole has a lot in common with fairy tales like “The Little Mermaid” or “Hansel and Gretel,” director Joe Wright observes, “There’s a family––of sorts––living in a wood cabin in a forest, and rites of passage unfold in the story; the child has to leave the house and go into the world, and experiences and meets evil––which has to be overcome. Fairy tales to me are never happy, sweet stories; they’re moral stories about overcoming the dark side, the bad.”
This is a pretty cool article about what makes a fairy tale.
I havent seen Hanna, but there are so many good quotes here. I will probably copy and paste some as separate posts. I definitely need to read more Gregory Maguire.
“When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”—J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan (via asanisimasalibera)