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Aug 29, 2012 12:28PM

30527 I interviewed Anastasia Griffith--the woman who plays Abigail--for a Once Upon a Time fansite. She has a lead role in Copper now, which sounds like a fascinating historical show! I personally loved the way Once Upon a Time ended last season--I thought it was gutsy of them to break the curse & introduce magic to the Storybrooke, the "Land with no magic." Can't wait to see what happens next!!
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Jun 10, 2012 08:49AM

30527 Amazing! Speaks of the quality of this group and Chris' fine direction : )
Apr 18, 2012 07:20AM

30527 Siareen wrote: "Chris wrote: "The following websites are helpful for any general fairy tale background



Those websites are fabulous! It floors me that they are online for free--such terrific information : )

SurLalune is a great site, a..."

Mar 19, 2012 05:32PM

30527 I loved the Red-Handed episode, too--I even reread some versions of Little Red Riding Hood to familiarize myself with the story. I love the twist they gave to Red so that it makes who is good or bad in the story more ambivalent! I feel like the writers of the show really respect fairy tales and all the nuances of psychological meaning they contain : )
Mar 18, 2012 10:47AM

30527 Interesting thought : )
Mar 17, 2012 04:09PM

30527 I agree--Tatar's notes are very intriguing & the book itself is gorgeous, but it seems incomplete. I've had to supplement by looking online : )
Mar 14, 2012 11:58AM

30527 OMG--just looked it up and it's by Signe Pike & it looks so good I'm drooling. FaeryTale is her memoir of how she actually traveled to Mexico, England, Ireland & Scotland in search of faery traditions. What a fun spring read--thanks for bringing it to our attention, Phair : )
Mar 13, 2012 07:25AM

30527 Jalilah wrote: "Wow is right I just read it and feel the same way! This tale is not in my version of Grimm’s tales either. Yes, it definitely has an Old Testament feeling to it. It reminds me of the Garden of Eden..."

Yes,I enjoy the Virgin Mary in Southwestern/New Mexican tales--she seems more like an angel. I have a feeling Chris is right--maybe the Grimms got more dogmatic as time went on. Or perhaps they felt pressure to make the fairy tales less pagan? Interesting story.
Mar 12, 2012 07:22PM

30527 Wow, Chris--my mind is reeling after reading "Our Lady's Child." (I couldn't find it in Maria Tatar's annotated Grimm, so I looked it up online: http://portitude.org/literature/grimm... )
This fairy tale seems to have borrowed a lot of classic elements from other traditions/tales: Pandora's Box, the Garden of Eden, Cock crowing 3 times & the denial of Christ, Rumpelstiltskin's requirement of a baby for penance, etc. What struck me most was its harshness, however. The Virgin Mary demands total obedience without ever really saying why--and she metes out a cruel justice upon a girl for merely being curious about the 13th door. Very old testament feeling to it all: curiosity, wanderlust & ambition are treated as "sins", particularly in women. Sigh. I found myself wishing the Virgin Mary would have more original dialogue--perhaps that would encourage the girl more as she makes her transition to womanhood. I wouldn't mind hanging out in Heaven for a while, though! What was your take on it?
Mar 12, 2012 06:54PM

30527 Thanks, Chris! My novel is TWIXT (by Diane J. Reed), a modern fairy tale about a woman who must face her magical past life in Ireland to heal her present and find true love.

30527 I heard about that--so fantastic!! Thanks for sharing the article!
Mar 12, 2012 07:17AM

30527 Chris wrote: "Clap if you believe, Barrie demanded, and who among us can refuse him?
Whether you call them fairy or faerie, fairy tales or stories, the magic is always there. It is impossible not to clap. I..."

Just an AMAZING article, Chris! So eloquent yet from the heart. I sincerely hope you consider publishing this somewhere. You captured all my thoughts (that I hadn't even quite articulated) in this wonderful reminder of why fairy tales evoke and inspire so much within us. Truly loved it : )
Feb 28, 2012 05:46PM

30527 Amazing legacy!
Feb 28, 2012 10:46AM

30527 Thanks for posting--fascinating lives & history : )
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Feb 26, 2012 02:37PM

30527 Ooh, thanks for Tatar's link--sounds really interesting! : )
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Feb 25, 2012 05:26PM

30527 The one I have was published by Norton in 2004 with an intro by A.S. Byatt--very beautiful : )
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Feb 19, 2012 06:54PM

30527 : )
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Feb 19, 2012 04:51PM

30527 Love, love, love those Grimms : ) Has anyone seen the annotated version with notes by scholar Maria Tatar? She's fascinating! And the illustrations are so beautiful they make you want to jump inside the stories.
Feb 16, 2012 07:47AM

30527 Cool : )
Feb 15, 2012 05:04PM

30527 Would the group consider selecting certain stories for each week? Might be an alternative to talking about the whole collection in 2 months (but either way is fine : ).
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