Tag: Angela Carter

  • Fear of Engulfment in Storytelling

    There’s a very good reason why girls should be told the truth about baby-making as soon as they ask: If she’s old enough to be asking, she’s old enough to be worrying. Unless they’re told exactly how pregnancy happens, young girls often worry that it may happen to them at any time, without warning. The […]

  • Goethe and Angela Carter’s Erl-king Short Story Analysis

    Goethe and Angela Carter’s Erl-king Short Story Analysis

    “The Erl-King” is a short story by Angela Carter based on an old ballad by Goethe, one of the most famous ballads ever told. Carter’s re-visioning doesn’t use the plot from Goethe’s ballad, but borrows some of the atmosphere. Carter inverts the gaze and turns it into something new. As you might expect from Angela…

  • Stephen King’s IT Storytelling Techniques

    Stephen King’s IT Storytelling Techniques

    IT is a 1986 horror novel by Stephen King, first adapted for screen in 1990, and most recently in 2017. This blog post is about the storytelling of the 2017 film. THE TERRIBLE MONSTER OF IT I liked what one reviewer had to say about IT: The monster in this film is whatever the story…

  • Transmogrification In Storytelling

    Transmogrification In Storytelling

    Transmogrification in storytelling has a long history. Today it can be seen across different types of story in many permutations.

  • Lizzie’s Tiger by Angela Carter Analysis

    Lizzie’s Tiger by Angela Carter Analysis

    Lizzie’s Tiger is a short story by Angela Carter, the first in her collection American Ghosts and Old World Wonders. This is a story of female empowerment, with a strong fairytale influence.

  • Peter and the Wolf, Angela Carter and Mise-en-abyme

    Peter and the Wolf, Angela Carter and Mise-en-abyme

    Angela Carter’s short story “Peter And The Wolf” provides an excellent example of the mise-en-abyme technique in storytelling. Writers can make use of this effect to convey a character’s anagnorisis to the audience.

  • What is a fractured fairytale?

    What is a fractured fairytale?

    A fractured fairy tale is a story which makes use of a traditional fairy tale but restructures and reimagines.

  • The Juniper Tree by Lorrie Moore Analysis

    The Juniper Tree by Lorrie Moore Analysis

    “The Juniper Tree” is a short ghost story by American writer Lorrie Moore, published in the collection Bark (2014). Or is it a ghost story? I interpret this story as a metaphor for the death of middle-aged friendship, and the mourning process one goes through when deciding to let a friend go. WHAT HAPPENS IN…

  • Story Structure: The Big Struggle

    Story Structure: The Big Struggle

    All complete narratives feature a big struggle scene. No, that doesn’t have to be a literal big struggle scene, Lord of the Rings style. In fact, we should be thinking outside that box altogether. One thing I love about Larry McMurtry’s anti-Western novels (especially Lonesome Dove) is that he condenses the gun big struggles and torture scenes in favour…

  • Fabulism In Children’s Literature

    FABULISM: WHAT IS IT? In fabulism, fantastical elements are placed in an everyday setting. It’s called ‘fabulism’ because authors are playing with realism by making use of elements of fable. For the definition of a fable, see here. COMMON FEATURES OF FABULIST FICTION ornate Gothic subjective dream-like surreal emphasis on idea or theme settings in…

  • 55 Miles To The Gas Pump by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    55 Miles To The Gas Pump by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    “55 Miles To The Gas Pump” by Annie Proulx is a concise retelling of “Bluebeard” in a remote, rural American setting.

  • Proulx’s Bunchgrass Edge Of The World Short Story Analysis

    This modern retelling of The Frog Prince by Annie Proulx was published in the November edition of The New Yorker in 1998 and included in her Close Range collection of short stories. Many of [Proulx’s] stories are explicitly anchored in the history of the United States, and abound with references to background historical events and to real…