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|Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.|
Every once in a while I participate in this one when I either
1) Like the theme, and/or 2) Have the time!
This week's topic:
Top Ten FAIRY TALE Characters I'd Like To Check In With!
In true Fairy Tale Fortnight fashion, Misty and I are twisting up this week's topic and making it conform to our event!
Because, let's face it...What happens after Happily Ever After?
I'll try to do this list in a fun fashion...so it's a little different and out there!
In no particular order...
Okay, this is one of the most disturbing fairy tales. Bluebeard not only murders his wives, he displays them grotesquely in a secret room as trophies. It's gory and sick and twisted. His final wife escapes his clutches with her life, but at what cost? Sure, she has an amazing dowry, can provide for her family, and can re-marry, but she can never unsee those horrors. Girl needs some psychological treatment. How is she now? Is she completely nuts, or has she managed to cope and see the bright things in life?
4) ALICE IN WONDERLAND
This is one story where you really want to know what happens, but it ends way too soon! What happens to the tailors who create the Emperor's "invisible" clothing? What happens to his advisors and servants and court, all of whom didn't tell him that he was naked? How did he get over the embarrassment of his entire kingdom seeing him in the nude and getting everyone to take him seriously again in the future? I WANT TO KNOW ALL OF THE THINGS, HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN!!!
6) SLEEPING BEAUTY
Princess Aurora/Rose/what-have-you is another fairy tale that has the potential to create a Happily Ever After with a not-so-happy princess. At least Disney tried, and Aurora met the prince before her curse took effect. But most tales have her sleeping for one hundred years before The One comes along. How can he be The One and her True Love if they've never met? How does the curse KNOW THIS? Is our Sleeping Beauty happy with the prince who woke her up?And what about Giambattista Basile's retelling? Our Sleeping Beauty Talia is raped and impregnated with twins. Some tales have her waking up as she gives birth, while others have one of the babies sucking the splinter out of her finger. Whether she marries the man upon his return or sets out alone as a single mother in a world where that doesn't really happen, how happy can she be?
8) KING THRUSHBEARD
9) THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES
10) LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
I'm reading CRIMSON BOUND by Rosamund Hodge right now AND I recently re-watched the movie version of Into the Woods AGAIN, so this tale is fresh in my mind! What kind of psychological damage happened to Little Red and her Granny after being devoured by the Wolf--and then cut out? First, Ew, Gross! WOLF GUTS. That will never come out of the carpets...or that pretty red cloak! Second...if Little Red is always munching on the sweets she's bringing to Granny...maybe she'll lay off the treats for a while until her appetite comes back. Seeing what your stomach looks like will do that to a girl, you know! At the very least, she's certainly learned her lesson! I like her vastly different retellings are of this tale. In some, such as SISTERS RED by Jackson Pearce and Hodge's CRIMSON BOUND, Red learns young and goes on to be strong and fight the evil in the forest, protecting the innocent! I like that we can frequently catch up with her, and am really enjoying Hodge's version of her life right now!