Monday, January 24, 2011

Snow White

To get you guys geared up for the awesome new fairy tale we are moving on to, here are some links that you ought to enjoy.

1. How Fairy Tales Really End


2. Pros and Cons of Fairy Tale Couples 

Snow White and Prince
HER: Leaves her loyal friends after just one kiss.
HIM: Falls in love with a dead girl. Ick.

3. Some "articles" that will hopefully make you smile (before you wince).

Dating advice from the princesses.

 4. Okay, this next article is not directly related to fairy tales but since we are studying evolving fairy tales and these new tales seem to be the new generation's "wonder tales," I think the article is very pertinent and a good read. YA and Rape Culture.

5. Check out the "Snow White" section for some pictures etc.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


1) So I got a copy of the two course packs. The critical reading one is horribly bad but some of the stories in the supplementary reading pack leave much (like, a lot) to be desired. I apologise for that. I don't know what happened (or how it happened). The Copy Smart people tell me that "this is the way it works" and well... there isn't anything much I can say to that. What I can do for the stories that are unreadable is type them up. It will probably take some time even though I have awesome typing skillz but I'll get them done.

As for the the critical readings which are vastly more important, the pages that aren't clear, I can scan (oh no, the scanning machine!) them and put the pages up in the Secret Scrolls section for your reading pleasure.

Again, I apologize for this. I did my best but I guess it wasn't enough.

2) Here are the suggestions for novels for Sleeping Beauty (thank you, Amanda!). I say we go for both of them since they're only 208 pages and 176 pages each. Respectively.
- Beauty Sleep - Cameron Dokey
- Twice Upon a Time - Wendy Mass

Monday, January 17, 2011

Cinderella performed by Bolshoi Ballet

I don't know how much of a retelling this is but it really does look interesting. So have a watch if you have time.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Materialism in Cinderella

I thought that one of the things we could focus on (amongst other things) is the materialism prevalent in Cinderella. What does such focused attention on the material items in the story hope to accomplish - what message does the Glass Slipper impart to all the wide eyed (well, we can pretend) little girls (and some boys) out there? I mean, think about it. A glass slipper, apart from being pretty, has no real use in the real world. It breaks easily, you can't run in it and it has to be uncomfortable. Thoughts?

The song, while cheesy, does bring up interesting aspects of the Cinderella story. I hope this is food for your thoughts.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Seminar Approval is Mine!

Maybe if Cinderella took matters in her own hands, we'd see more of these scenes. (picture by: Eugenico Recuenco)

Okay! As the title loudly proclaims, I was just told to go ahead with the course with the revisions I had made and yes, I am quite utterly, deliriously happy. I feel like I should apologise for the loopy personality I have expressed within the words of my posts but eh. I am a bit loopy so it's not exactly a lie? Anyway, here's where I explain how this website works:

The pages:
1. Secret Scrolls: contain all information pertaining to the course. Like reading material, course syllabus, etc. Please check it for updates frequently.

2. All the other pages. As I said, I hope this website will be a shared medium where all of us can update it with items of interest we find that are relevant to the seminar and the topics we are exploring. Whether these are ads dealing with fairy tales or pictures, illustrations whatever. If it's recognizably one of the fairy tales we are studying, it doesn't matter. The main page will do. I will be updating it with stuff I find (links, pics, etc when I have time).