Category Archives: fairy tales

Emma Thompson interviews are a joy forever

Monogamy is an ‘odd state’, Emma Thompson says By Hannah Furness, The Telegraph, October 3, 2013 Monogamy in the modern day is an “odd state”, the Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has said, as she argues it is too easy to be … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Princess Stories

Lectures from “Fairy Tales: Origins and Evolution of Princess Stories” Princess stories have been popular for centuries and remain so today around the world; we’ll dive into what these fairy tales mean, and trace the history of these narratives back … Continue reading

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Disney love: exceptional, powerful, transformative, magical… hetero

Disney elevates heterosexuality to powerful, magical heights: G-rated films are teaching children about the wonder of love, but only heterosexual love A new analysis of top grossing G-rated children’s films from 1990-2005 determined that heterosexuality is not only the norm in … Continue reading

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A.S. Byatt, on the tale of Scheherazade

Narrate or Die: Why Scheherazade keeps on talking by A.S. Byatt, the New York Times magazine The best story ever told? Perhaps the story of the two brothers, both kings, who found that their wives were unfaithful, took bloody vengeance, and … Continue reading

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Grim Tales

The Gruesome Origins of 5 Popular Fairy Tales By Stuart Layt, February 28, 2008 The thing about fairy tales… is that they weren’t always for kids. Back when these stories were first told around campfires and in taverns in some … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Disney’s Charming Princes

Disney Princes: An Objective Analysis by Tora Glory Ah, Disney. The home of magic and fairytales and happily ever afters. Where every sixteen year old princess has a song in her heart, a twinkle in her eye, and perfectly coiffed … Continue reading

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Fairy tales as literature

Why do the National Book Awards bar fairy tales? Humanity’s favorite stories are punished for their vaguely disreputable origins By Laura Miller, salon.com, November 16, 2010 Juries for the National Book Awards are famous for coming up with nominees that … Continue reading

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The End of the Princess Movie?

“Rapunzel” Goes Gender-Neutral by Sadie Stein, jezebel.com, March 9, 2010 Since Disney believes the title “Frog Princess” alienated boys, “Rapunzel” is now “Tangled.” Happily ever after? Says the producer, “In our film, the infamous bandit Flynn Rider meets his match in … Continue reading

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Royal Weddings, Realities and Fantasy

The Princess Bride: Royal Weddings for Everyone by Kathy E. Shrout, April 25, 2011, rd Magazine   Tiaras. All the best brides are wearing them. It’s a fairy-tale opener with a contemporary coda: Once upon a time, Prince William, the … Continue reading

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Advice From a Cartoon Princess

Advice for Young Girls, from Ariel, Belle and Snow White! “You should always find a stranger to obsess over, and then genetically modify yourself for that stranger.” “Find a man who wants to imprison you with his love. The longer you’re … Continue reading

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