One Lovely Blog Award

I'm interrupting my regularly scheduled discussion about fairy tales for a brief digression. When you start writing a blog, you wonder if anyone will ever read it. At least I did. I'll admit I started it because I wanted a platform for my book after being told by a certain literary agent that without an…

Motherhood in Fairy Tales

There’s no greater antithesis to celebrating the role of Mother than fairy tales. In most, the biological mother is usually dead and in her place is a step-mother of dubious nurturing abilities. Fairy tales have a way of reinforcing the main female archetypes, virginal innocent or power-hungry witch. But what if the virgin was a…

Princess Makeovers?

I’ve mentioned before that I like Disney. Besides their wonderful parks and the uplifting mantra that dreams really do come true, I enjoy the entertainment they provide for children in a world that has fewer G rated movies. I’ve also mentioned that I like the movie Brave despite the buffoonish male archetypes. Now, Brave’s Princess…

The Looney Tunes-Fairy Tale Conundrum

What do Bugs Bunny and fairy tales have in common? There’s no punch line, although I’ll give points to anyone who can think of one. Besides the obvious--animals and humans talking to each other without flinching--there is an answer. But first, some background. I’ve been toying with the idea of allowing my daughter to watch…