Indexing: Episodes 5-8

If you have Spotify, you can find my playlist: here.

Otherwise, here’s what I’ve got:

 

With a Smile and a Song – Snow White

The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel

A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes – Cinderella

The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) – Ylvis

Fix You – Coldplay

You’ve Got A Friend – James Taylor

You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly! – Peter Pan

Sleeping Beauty Suite Op.66a – Tchaikovsky

The Frog Hunters/Gator Down – Princess and the Frog

Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer

Lollipop – MIKA

We Can Work It Out – The Beatles

Things We Lost In The Fire – Bastille

Pumpkin Pursuit – Cinderella

Walking Tune – Percy Grainger

It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) – R.E.M.

Compare & Contrast: Little Snow White and Red as Blood

I expected that these stories would have a lot in common … and wow, I was wrong about that.

The stories are similar primarily in their inclusion of common elements. The stories share many of their characters: a queen, a magical mirror, a beautiful Snow White, a Huntsman, and a Prince. The stories also share similar actions, such as the three gifts from the queen to Snow White, which are a girdle (or laces, which seem to be worn the same as the girdle), a comb, and a poison apple that puts her into a death-like sleep. Both stories also involve the prince waking Snow White from her sleep.

However, that is about where the similarities stop. In the Grimm version of the story, Little Snow White is innocent and naive, and her mother is the current queen at the time of the story. However, in Red as Blood, the queen is Snow White’s step-mother, and the character of Snow White is much different than we might expect – her name is Bianca, and she’s a vampire.   Many of the other differences in the stories revolve around these major character shifts: in Lee’s version, Bianca is a vampire and her stepmother is a religious woman. This contrasts with the Grimm version where Little Snow White’s mother is simply jealous of Snow White’s beauty. Interestingly, the mirror in Red as Blood cannot see Bianca – I would guess that this is because she is a vampire.

This reversal impacts the rest of the story’s details. For example, in Grimm’s version, the huntsman cannot bear to kill Snow White and returns to the queen with a boar’s insides instead, but in Red as Blood, he attempts to kill Snow White and is instead tricked out of it which leads to his own death. Snow White’s encounters in the forest are also different. In Little Snow White, the dwarfs are present as expected, but in Red as Blood they are not the dwarfs we are accustomed to envisioning, but instead dwarf trees.

The stories’ endings are also quite different – in Grimms’ Little Snow White, the prince saves Snow White and the queen dies by being forced to dance to death in iron slippers. However, in Lee’s Red as Blood, it could be said that the prince “saves” Bianca, but in a very different way. Bianca’s saving is a religious conversion, her savior has a scar on his wrist where “a nail had been driven in there” implying that she is saved by Jesus to begin a new life. This is confirmed by her transformation into a dove, a creature symbolizing innocence and peace, as well as her ability to wear a crucifix and be seen by the mirror. In Red as Blood, the step-mother “saves” the vampire Snow White, which is very different from the original where the prince must save Snow White from her mother’s poison apple.

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What are your thoughts/feelings/relationship with Fairy Tales?

I’ve had a relationship with fairy tales since before I was old enough to fully understand what they were. Disney’s fairy tales were a constant when I was a child, played for me to watch by parents who wanted their restless daughter to just sit still for an hour or two. Even the first Halloween costume that I can remember is fairytale-related – Dopey, one of the dwarves from Snow White.

As I grew up, I realized that I loved not only fairy tales, but fantasy in general, too. I adored reading from a young age, and read voraciously over the years, devouring every book I could get my hands on. After reading books like Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted and Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Just Ella, I discovered that I especially liked fairy tale retellings.

When I reached high school, I stopped reading quite so much. School, homework, and activities just didn’t allow me the time. While I was never exactly “cool”, I definitely didn’t quite fit in, so I also fell out of the habit of reading or watching fairy tales for fear of being further ostracized by my peers. This was the late 2000s – movies like Tangled and Frozen which in recent years boosted the popularity of Disney’s fairy tales had not yet been released. Fairy tales were not “in”.

Yet, not so many years after that, I found myself turning to fairy tales again. It wasn’t intentional – I was in a situation that I couldn’t possibly have foreseen, confined to the couch for years as I did nothing but wait for my brain to heal. The stacks of old Disney movies from my childhood were inevitably revisited, and my old love of fairy tales was rekindled. It wasn’t long before Tangled was recommended, and it immediately became my favorite movie. At the time, I felt so trapped by my injury that I could relate very strongly to Rapunzel and her initial situation of being stuck in a tower.

At the time, I also heavily favored stories with happy endings. It was so frustrating for me to be sidelined from my life that I needed all the positivity I could get, and I realized that I could find it in fairy tales aimed at children. I owe a lot to fairy tales – the past five or so years have been very tough for me, and they’ve helped get me through my struggles. For this reason, I find them fascinating, and I’m curious to learn more about them as we embark on our adventures as ENDI agents.