Sleeping Beauty is always destined to fall asleep. But that's not all her future holds, and the line between death and sleep is not always apparent.
There's a lot of hype about Beauty and the Beast at the moment, with Disney's live action film on the horizon, the legendary Angela Lansbury taking to the stage to sing on the animated film's 25th anniversary, and the English release of La Belle et la Bête. To add to this melting pot of excitement,... Continue Reading →
I was recently tagged for the Inspiring Blogger Award and received a shout out from Adam over at Fairy Tale Fandom. Thank you for thinking of me, and here is my post in response! The idea of this tag is to post 7 facts about yourself that other people may not know. Since I've done similar... Continue Reading →
Originally, fairy tales were shared orally. They were told amongst adults, and passed on simply by being remembered and retold. However, nowadays such gatherings are less mainstream. The invention of new media, such as the print, the internet, and films, has provided us with a variety of alternative ways to obtain stories. So, how has... Continue Reading →
Beneath their plots, most fairy tales have hidden implications. Each event is symbolic of something, and can have many interpretations depending on the number of variations the story has. Angela Carter referred to these hidden implications at 'latent content.' When she was writing her own collection of fairy tales, The Bloody Chamber, she specified: 'My... Continue Reading →
After reading The Bloody Chamber and adoring it, I have been steadily making my way through Angela Carter's other works. At the moment I'm reading her novel Heroes and Villains, and it's made me notice something irritating about attitudes to women in literature. I bet you're thinking, 'oh, what now? I'm sick of people going on about... Continue Reading →
In my previous post about 'Little Red Riding Hood,' I looked at versions of the tale by Charles Perrault and the Grimm Brothers and how it was used as a tale of warning. However, in more modern retellings, different aspects of the story become apparent. Angela Carter's anthology of short stories based on fairy tales, The... Continue Reading →
Most people are told 'Little Red Riding Hood' as children. It's one of the classic tales that contains has a clear social agenda: Obey your parents, and don't talk to strangers. In most versions there is also a woodcutter or huntsman who comes to rescue Red Riding Hood and her grandmother from the wolf, reassuring children... Continue Reading →