|Posted by Angie on November 26, 2015 at 8:35 AM|
Just as there were twelve dancing princesses and twelve fairies invited to Sleeping Beauty's christening, there were twelve wondrous women writers join the discussion on fairy tales and writing for my blog series, "Fairy Tale Friday."
Angela Slatter, C.S.E. Cooney, Erzebet Barthold, Kate Forsyth, Kathleen Jennings, Kirstyn McDermott, Leife Shallcross, Elizabeth Carroll, Margo Lanagan, Mary Burroughs, Natalia Theodoriou and Suzanne J. Willis participated in this series answering those elusive questions of what it is that makes a fairy tale and how tales can be used as scaffolds or bring resonance to original works.
Same bones but gnawed in oh so many different ways! Each week I was intrigued with how each of these writers used the skeletons or old bones of these tales and fleshed them into new stories.
This series of interviews has made me more reflective about my own workings with fairy tales and more importantly, what is it about these old tales I love so much. I think that my passion for fairy tales comes from the fact that in these stories magic just exists. It is there, without commentary or explanation. In the originals tales and in particular, the Sicilian ones I grew up with - magic without explanation exists, just as darkness and evil does, and the downtrodden can and will succeed with smarts and perseverance.
You can slay a dragon if you like or be bold enough to invite her in for afternoon tea and compare scales.
And so like the party ends at midnight, I'm going to stop for now at twelve. It's midnight and before I turn into pumpkin soup, I'm going to bed to prepare for another day of reading fairy tales with my hesitant teen readers and then writing more in the hours in between, inspired by all these fellow lovers and writers of fairy tales that appeared in this Fairy Tale Friday series!