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.
Charming is an independent short film about the fairy tale hero, Prince Charming. Why does he save all these princesses, & what is his happy ending like?
At first, a vast, bustling metropolis like Chicago does not seem a likely place to find fairy tales. But there is magic everywhere, if you take the time to look for it. During my trip, this came in the form of a Christmas market and a visit to the Museum of Science & Industry. The Christmas... Continue Reading →
I've never been a massive fan of pantomimes. I was the child who would sit there scowling whilst my parents said all of the 'he's behind you' stuff. But when I saw that my local theatre was doing Sleeping Beauty this year, of course I was interested. And then I saw how gorgeous the poster... Continue Reading →
Sleeping Beauty is not the only fairy tale heroine to experience an enchanted slumber. Snow White suffers the same fate, albeit under different circumstances. Looking at the themes of these two stories, it's interesting to note the similarities and differences surrounding sexuality and feminism, as well as the variations in their narratives. Like with many fairy tales,... Continue Reading →
This is a bit of a re-hash of this post about witches from last October. Witches feature heavily in my writing, and I find them fascinating characters for may reasons. Witches are also common is fairy tales, and are usually depicted as evil within this genre. However, the term 'witch' is one of the widest and... Continue Reading →
As I'm working with 'Sleeping Beauty' for my dissertation, a friend suggested that I read Spindle's End by Robin McKinley. So I looked it up and thought it sounded interesting, then found a cheap copy on Ebay so I was all set. Spindle's End is a YA novel that retells the story of 'Sleeping Beauty.'... Continue Reading →
When I first heard that Disney were making a film about Maleficent, I was SO EXCITED. She is my favourite character from their version of Sleeping Beauty, and so little is revealed about her. I was eager for her story to be told. Maleficent was released last month - over 50 years after Disney's Sleeping... Continue Reading →
When I was a child, this was one of my favourite films. It left me convinced that when I grew up, I was going to dance around a forest and meet my one true love. Didn't happen exactly like that, but still, a girl can dream! WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS! Disney's version of 'Sleeping Beauty' was... Continue Reading →