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The Myth of True Love’s Kiss

When you think about fairy tales, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind when it comes to breaking curses?

If you’re anything like me (or if you read the title of this post), your mind immediately went to the magical cure-all: true love’s kiss.

Think about it. According to the stories, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty were both woken by true love’s kiss and even the Little Mermaid had to get a smooch in order to remain human and regain her voice.

But if you look a little closer, you’ll find that’s not exactly true.

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Why Does the Slipper Stay?

I did mention in my last post that I’ve been watching a lot (and I do mean a lot) of fairy tales lately, right?

There’s something that’s always bothered me about Cinderella. In every version I’ve read or seen (except Ella Enchanted and maybe Ever After) it’s made very clear that the magic allowing Cinderella to attend the ball will only last until midnight. And as soon as the clock strikes twelve, poof! Everything is turned back to it’s original form.

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What Fairy Tales Teach Adults

I’m back!

I’m so sorry for being gone for months. As you may know, I was recently in a play, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I’ve always loved that play and I finally got to be in it! I played the role of Helena and after weeks of memorization, a rather intense and frantic rehearsal schedule, and making my own costume in my free time, we opened to great success!

But that’s not why you’re here. You’re here to hear about fairy tales! Or you’re here because you know me or are related to me and like to support me. Either way, I’m grateful you’re here.

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Thoughts on Beauty and the Beast

 

I finally finished my review of Beauty and the Beast! You can find the original tale here.

Until next time, word nerds!

Character Types: The Crone

Every story needs a villain.

Villains can take many forms: a tyrant, an oppressor, a terrible storm, or a character’s own nature. The best villains, the ones we love to hate, are purely evil for evil’s sake.

Fairy tales are no different. They sport a wide array of baddies for us to boo and provide heroes with suitable obstacles to overcome. And one of the most popular villains in fairy tales is the wicked old woman, often called a crone.

Some great examples of crones include the witch from Hansel and Gretel and the witch who tricks Rapunzel’s parents into giving her up.

But what makes a crone so compelling a villainess? And how can you spot one in a story?

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Fairy Tale Facts: Puss in Boots

Animal helpers have always been popular in fairy tales. Cinderella had some helpful birds (or mice, depending on the version). Many heroes encounter animals in peril and are rewarded for helping them. But perhaps the most famous animal helper is Puss in Boots.

There are numerous versions of the Puss in Boots fairy tale. The first version was written by Giovanni Straparola sometime in the early 1500s. In 1634, Giambattista Basile published his version. Charles Perrault contributed to the evolution of the tale (also called The Master Cat) in at the end of the 17th century. Perrault’s is the version that I and many other are familiar with.

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Fairy Tale Facts: Hansel and Gretel

In 1812, the Grimm brothers wrote and published a little story you may have heard of before: Hansel and Gretel. But how much do you really know about the famous tale?

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Fairy Tale Facts: Diamonds and Toads

Hey there word nerds! I’m back with more fun fairy tale facts! Today we’re looking at Charles Perrault’s “Diamonds and Toads”.

“Diamonds and Toads”, or “Les Fées” (The Fairies) as it was originally titled in French, was written by Charles Perrault and included in Andrew Lang’s translation of Perrault’s stories called The Blue Fairy Book (1889). You can find the text for free online, though, if you’re interested in reading it.

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George MacDonald

He’s quickly becoming one of my favorite writers.

Until next time, word nerds!

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