Tag: Bluebeard

  • Fairytales and Modern Storytelling

    This is my collection of fairytale links. I’m interested in fairytales from a writing perspective. How do fairytales help us to create contemporary stories?

  • Pixar’s Brave: Ideology and Storytelling

    Pixar’s Brave: Ideology and Storytelling

    Brave was released by Pixar in 2012. At that point, there were no Pixar films with girls as main characters, so this film was welcomed with open arms by people who’d been waiting and waiting for this. Unfortunately, the story isn’t great. Kids are likely to enjoy it — or aspects of it — I […]

  • 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.

  • Symbolic Archetypes In Children’s Stories Analysis

    These symbolic archetypes are very old. The earliest written record we have is often in fairy tales. Innate Wisdom vs. Educated Stupidity Some characters exhibit wisdom and understanding of situations instinctively as opposed to those supposedly in charge. Loyal retainers often exhibit this wisdom as they accompany the hero on the journey. This pretty much…

  • What does Gothic mean in literature?

    What does Gothic mean in literature?

    The Gothic is notoriously difficult to define. This is a type of story in constant flux. Each new literary period adds is own spin. “Gothic” is more like a skin layered upon other genres, most often: horror, romance, science fiction and fantasy. Where does one genre end and the gothic element begin?

  • 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.

  • Carrie Storytelling Techniques

    Carrie Storytelling Techniques

    This is a remake of a 1976 movie based on Stephen King’s 1974 (breakout) novel, Carrie. Critics don’t like this new one much. The criticism is mostly that the remake was unnecessary because the first adaptation was so good. The original has a slower, more sinister pace and the main thing the reboot did was…

  • Breaking Bad And The Influence Of Classic Fairytales

    Vince Gilligan broke new television ground by writing a series about a good man turned evil. He also borrowed from a long history of storytelling. Walt White is a modern superhero archetype, but Breaking Bad also borrows from classic fairytales. Most modern stories do. PUSS IN BOOTS The unnamed cat in Puss In Boots is determined…

  • Bluebeard Fairy Tale Analysis

    Bluebeard Fairy Tale Analysis

    “Bluebeard” is a classic fairytale — the O.G. tale of domestic violence. Any story in which a fearsome husband murders his young wife is probably a “Bluebeard” descendent. The husband in this tale is monstrous, and related to the archetype of the ogre. If you’d like to listen to the tale, I recommend the (free)…

  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Analysis

    The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Analysis

    “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a famous psychological horror short story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Charlotte Perkins Gilman; July 3, 1860 – August 17, 1935) was a prominent American feminist, sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform. She was a utopian feminist during a time when her…

  • Symbolism Of The Dream House, Cottage, Bungalow and Cabin

    Symbolism Of The Dream House, Cottage, Bungalow and Cabin

    House symbolism is an interesting way of looking at a story. Have you noticed that houses as depicted in Western picture books tend to look the same? Two storied, bedrooms upstairs, slightly untidy but still Pinterest-worthy? There’s a reason for this. Each part of a house is symbolically unique. Gaston Bachelard talks about this in his famous book on architecture and philosophy, The Poetics of Space.

  • The History And Influence Of Cinderella Fairy Tale Analysis

    The History And Influence Of Cinderella Fairy Tale Analysis

    “Cinderella” is a classic rags-to-riches tale and can be found, written straight or subverted, throughout the history of literature. It’s worth pointing out that Cinderella wasn’t truly from ‘rags’. She was related to middle class people, so was at least middle class herself. No one wants to hear about actual starvation, rickets and whatnot at bedtime. This is a middle-class-to-rags-to-aristocrat tale.