Friday, February 7, 2020

Fairytale Blog Tag... from Fairytale Central!

So, Fairytale Central had a cute blog tag which tempted me out of internet obscurity... and here's my answers to them! 
– What’s an obscure fairy tale you love?
E. ~ Hmmm...  hard to say!! There are so many obscure tales, and often I like elements from this one and that one... which is one of the reasons why I write! To make a "better story" and iron out the wrinkles which bother me in the originals!!! ;-) 
– If you got to choose Disney’s next animated princess movie, what fairy tale would you choose to be adapted?
E. ~ I might get yelled at by some, but after recently seeing Frozen 2, and loving it even more, perhaps, than Frozen 1... right now, I'd vote for Frozen 3. I love the sister dynamic, and exploring more about how to grow up and yet stay close... a theme that's often ignored in entertainment.
   (And personally
.. as someone who gets super tired of that beaten-into-the-ground trope; I love that "Twu Wuv!" is NOT the focus.)
  Also, my soul adores the Nordic aesthetic for that world... it's beautiful in ways I can't even articulate here!
Such details! Such inspiration!
– What is the first fairy tale you remember hearing when you were a child?
E. ~ I can't recall... perhaps Red Riding Hood? I've always hated that one... the "oh, they're still alive!" twist at the end can't make up for all the deaths that batter you right off the bat in that tale!
– If you were to embark on a fairy tale quest, what necessities would you pack in your bag?
E. ~ Oh, definitely a water canteen, a dagger, and fire starter, and pens and paper to make maps and notations so I'd be less likely to get lost!! ;-)
  Then I'd wrangler up a couple horses, because I'm all about the ability to get away fast, and having multiple horses to switch through boosts the chances of success on that!! 
– What’s your favorite fairy tale trope?
E. ~ I love the "misfortune-befallen royalty"... the idea that true worthiness will show through even under the worst circumstances, and that you can still tell someone's mettle no matter how disguised their state may be. I definitely "heart that", big time! 
– If you could be any fairy tale character archetype (the princess, the soldier, fairy godmother, talking animal, mischievous imp, wise old woman, evil stepmother/sister, etc.), who would you want to be and why?
E. ~ I've always had a deep affinity for the Cinderella archetype... I suppose it ties in with my answer above. So the Princess and the Pea is a great one (though I've always had mixed feelings about the Pea part of that tale... I prefer "actions speak louder than words" type of solutions! :-) )
– What animal/mythical creature would be your sidekick for fairy tale adventures? 
E. ~ Well, a horse would be invaluable for traveling, but dogs are fantastic, so I'd not want to be on an adventure without one.
 Also, goats are terrific, and so devoted and generous... so I guess I'd be the classic "Dairy maid with goat herd in tow, accompanied by dog/s and with a stout, sturdy horse to complete my animal friends."
   (Is that allowed? ;-) )
– What is your favorite historical era, and what fairy tale would you love to see in that setting?
E. ~ I like certain elements from many eras, and yet dislike other parts of each, so for my "perfect world" I pull from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Victorian eras... and enjoy the mashup!
– If you could change a fairy tale’s villain into a hero, who would you choose and why?
E. ~ I'm generally okay with the villains being bad... I mean, that's the point of fairytales. To show Bad Things, in extreme focus, so hopefully they're easier to recognize in the real world?
  But... as much as I enjoy the Frozen movies.... I get very irritated when tales represent the polite, well mannered, and dignified (usually a prince!) as a the "Horrible Person" TM... It really makes me angry.
   As someone raised to by a mother who instilled manners and expectations of  gracious behavior... and who schooled us to value those things in others, it makes me see red when those merits are treated as signs of despicability.
  (And the vice versa trope, where ill-mannered boors are naturally the Hero (TM) Ugh. Hate that!) 
– Do you prefer fairy tales with happy endings or sad/tragic endings? why or why not?
E. ~ Oh, they must be happy. Of course... nothing else would be worth while!!!

Welcome to an Iconic Year...?

Sci-Fi Movies Set In 2020 (& What They Got Right
Wow! 2019 flew by, and I can hardly believe it's 2020 already!!!
  The year that in so much past fiction has been treated as "science fiction Is Here!" and yet... it seems a lot like the past couple of decades, in real life.
 I guess there's a strange, anti-climatic feel to this year, because it's been so talked about in the past... So that it kind of feels like "Oh, nothing like that is likely!"
 ...and yet on the other hand, almost a hint of "well, what if something Big did happen...?"

   One can never rule that out, and it gives the year an almost eerie quality... perhaps having too much to live up to does that!

 On the other hand, 2020 has provided plenty of fodder for the meme-makers, and I've been laughing at the "2020 vision" memes, well as the "--20's, has historically had plague outbreaks"... somehow, that punchline just cracks me up every time!)
And then I hear there are even memes about WW3... all things that have been talked about so many times, the concepts sound almost worn to death... and yet.....

   One can never rule it out, either!!

  Anyway, could be an interesting year.