Wednesday, January 25, 2012

For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by folk and fairy tales, probably something my mom instilled in me. Reading and hearing different versions throughout my life has always been interesting and ensured that I know that there is more to the tales then what
DisneyTM has determined. I'm hoping to finally get to read many of these different versions and to fall in love with them as I have with the other versions I already know. Each one has something exciting and new to offer, and hey, maybe I'll find a new favorite.
        So far my favorite fairy tale is Sleeping Beauty. My first encounter with this tale was the DisneyTM version and every bit of that movie had me fascinated. The beautiful, young princess with magical gifts bestowed upon her who has to live in hiding, yet still ends up meeting the magical prince of her dreams... what little girl wouldn't love that story? I mean hey, maybe I could have been a princess in exile! All of those things and the songs, small jokes, and of course the epic creepy quest all come together to make it my favorite DisneyTM princess movie. A few years ago I also came across a book by Robin McKinley entitled Spindle's End. This book was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty that made me fall in love with the story all over again. The princess was older and was not raised with the same belief in her gifts, they were quite a scare to her when they started appearing, and eventually she ends up saving the day. This personal growth and triumph over her awkwardness probably spoke to my awkward teenage self, but nevertheless my love for the story continued. It's even a theme in one of my favorite video game series, the Legend of Zelda, in which the princess is trapped in a deep sleep and the hero must pass many obstacles to save her. 

        I've loved the ideas of Sleeping Beauty for a long time, and will definitely continue to for many more years.