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.
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 →
Spinning wheels are an object commonly associated with fairy tales, even though they only feature in a handful of tales. Aside from being mere objects, they add some degree of symbolic meaning to the stories they are present in. Firstly though, what actually is a spinning wheel? We probably know it's a wooden thing with... 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 →