Right, lets start with fairytales. I think it is fascinating that nearly every culture has a "Cinderella" story, the article I read said one of the earliest is from China, I think circa 800 AD (featuring a talking, prophetic fish - but lets not get into that...) Does this tie into the idea that there are a limited number of plots in the world and no new material, merely interpretations?
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Micah sent me a very funny email on the subliminal messages of the Disney princesses, all along the lines that beauty is their only skill, which is interesting as I don't remember it as being such a focal point of true fairytales, aside from Snow White's "skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood". Also, very few Disney-fied happy endings, fairytales were originally intended for an adult audience and very dark, often without happy endings. So what would our view of fairytales be like, had we not had a Disney-fish-eye on them?
Posted by Nic at 9:30 PM