Tag: Grimm

  • The Unclouded Day by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    The Unclouded Day by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    “The Unclouded Day” is a short story by Annie Proulx, first published 1985, included in the Heart Songs collection. Rich and poor, city and rural bump up against each other. This story is an excellent example of two narrative techniques in particular: Santee has both an outside opponent and one from within his own group. (Earl most obviously, but also…

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  • 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?

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  • Animal Kingdom Modern Fairy Tale

    Animal Kingdom Modern Fairy Tale

    Animal Kingdom is an Australian movie based on a Melbourne family who wreaked a lot of havoc in the 1980s. This movie was the inspiration for the American TV spin-off set in San Diego. Below I make the case that Animal Kingdom is a modern fairytale. Breaking Bad is also a modern fairytale blended with crime and heist plot elements.…

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  • 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.

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  • Sleeping Beauty And Cannibalism

    Sleeping Beauty And Cannibalism

    If you’ve already read Angela Carter’s short stories, in which she rewrites famous tales as feminist ones, you may well hear her scoffing silently in your head as you read these tales, mostly by Charles Perrault, who added his own paternalistic, misogynist morals as paragraphs at the ends. And if you’ve never read these tales by Perrault — and you…

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  • The History of Hansel and Gretel

    The History of Hansel and Gretel

    Hansel and Gretel is one of the best-known fairytales. Almost everybody knows the basic story but, more than that, this tale is the ur-story for many seemingly unrelated modern ones. For example, whenever a character meets a character in a ‘forest’ (whether the forest is symbolic or not), the audience is put in mind of wicked cannibalistic witches.

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  • 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.

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  • Doppelgangers, Twins and Changelings In Fiction

    Doppelgangers, Twins and Changelings In Fiction

    A doppelganger is an apparition or double of a living person. It comes from German, and translates literally from ‘double walker’.

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  • Witches In Children’s Literature

    Witches In Children’s Literature

    The Weirdness Of Using Witches In Modern Entertainment Witches are female equivalent of storybook pirates in that the character is based on something very real and disturbing. I’d like to append ‘in our past’ but very disturbingly, It’s 2013 And They’re Burning Witches (from The Global Mail). See also: Woman Brutally Murdered in Papua New Guinea After Being Accused of Sorcery, from The Friendly…

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  • Disneyfication Or Disneyization

    Defintion of Disneyfication at Wikipedia Walt Disney, the dude, was an interesting and resourceful fella. I have respect for the man behind the mouse. I also have tons of respect for the digital artists and computer whizzes who make Disney’s visually breathtaking animated movies. Having known a few, I even respect those poor saps that have to spend their summers…

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  • Little Red Riding Hood Fairytale History

    Little Red Riding Hood Fairytale History

    “Little Red Riding Hood” is one of the best-known fairy tales. Depending on who tells it, this is a feminist story, or a patriarchal one. Little Red Riding Hood is told to children, but probably features often as a sexual fantasy. Elle avait vu le loup – “She’d seen the wolf” in French means she’s lost her virginity. There are also links to ‘true crime’, with certain historical crimes reminding us of this story of a girl in the woods.

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