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Myth or Magic: Mermaid’s Miscommunication

We’ve all asked the question: If Ariel knows how to sign her name (as evidenced by the contract she signs for Ursula), then why doesn’t she just write Eric a note explaining who she is and that he needs to kiss her?

Well today, to kick off my Myth or Magic series, we’re going to find out why.

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The Role of Magic

I talk a lot about fairy tales on this blog (and I like to think you all enjoy reading about them). And when most people think about fairy tales, one of the first things that comes to their minds is magic.

But it might surprise you to know that fairy tales rely on magic a lot less than most people think.

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Myth or Magic: New Series

Hey there fellow word nerds! I apologize for not posting for so long. Sometimes I just have a hard time coming up with things to write about, or I get busy with other projects. But hopefully, a new series I’m about to start will help! I’m calling it Myth or Magic and I’m counting on you to contribute.

Let me explain.

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My First Story: Q&A

You asked me some great questions!

Until next time, word nerds!

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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