As part of the ongoing Flashback Friday series, we're featuring posts from the archives. This was original posted in May 2014. Lately, an ever-darkening series of fairy tale reincarnations have flit their way across the silver screen, from Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters to Snow White and the Huntsman and Disney's Maleficent. Of course, there … Continue reading Flashback Friday: How Dark Should Fairy Tales Be?
Fairy tales have traditionally featured beings (fairy or otherwise) who were characterized by their wisdom and knowledge: old men with long white beards, old women, talking plants and animals, or the fairies themselves. The main character would encounter a being like this, and his future would be entirely determined on how he responded to the … Continue reading Sources of Wisdom in Fairy Tales
One of the things discussed frequently in, surprisingly enough, acting classes is the magic “What-If.” Its original proponent, Constantin Stanislavsky, suggested that this was the place where inspiration began. Basically, it worked by asking yourself “What if this were to happen to me?”… “this” being whatever was taking place in a particular character’s life. Since … Continue reading Writing and the Magic “What-If”…and “But Kisses Never Hurt Me”
Lately, an ever-darkening series of fairy tale reincarnations have flit their way across the silver screen, from “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” to “Snow White and the Huntsman and Disney's "Maleficent.” Of course, there have been recent, lighter fairy tales, most notably Disney’s “Frozen,” but the trend is for darker versions, which has disappointed some … Continue reading Fairy Tale Reincarnations