I am really struggling with this one, so I have decided to take a minibreak from my novel idea, and instead look at something different instead.

I have long enjoyed the idea of re-writing a fairytale, and had a crack at it based on a modern version of red riding hood, but something about it isn’t quite coming together for me, so I have decided to focus on another one.

Having visited wikipedia yesterday, I was blown away by the amount of stories there are from around the world that is based on fairytales.  I had a look through a couple, but I think this week, I will have a closer look at some of them, and see what the THEME of the fairytale is, to see how they have woven it within the story.

Why am I doing this?  a) its the school holidays, my beautiful boy wants my full attention everytime I sit down at the computer.  I can be sitting in the lounge reading, but as soon as he thinks I am going near the computer… he is up and running!  and b) I am curious to see what really makes a fairytale tick and c) Fairytales were originally ways of conveying messages of morals, hence, heavily themed.

So this week, instead of writing, I will be reading and taking notes.  Will be interesting to see just what I discover.

Creativity Workshop – Reading Themes
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8 thoughts on “Creativity Workshop – Reading Themes

    • July 17, 2010 at 10:43 am
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      It was definitely a different way to look at them.

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  • July 13, 2010 at 9:56 pm
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    It sounds like a fascinating path of study. I’ll be interested to see what you find. 🙂

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    • July 17, 2010 at 10:44 am
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      The original fairytales were told to give lessons, as they were originally passed down verbally rather than written down.

      For example – Red Riding Hood actually was possibly an interpretation of a woman coming of age, with red being blood and the wolf being the taking of the viriginity – yeah it is extreme, but it shows just how well hidden some of the meanings really are!

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    • July 17, 2010 at 10:46 am
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      It was fun, and one that I will continue on. I found Wikipedia had a list of fairytales from around the world, including Japan, Norway, Scotland, I am quite keen to look at stories from Sweden / Norway (ancestral home) and see what I can find.

      I also found the Japanese stories were more transparent in their interpretations / themes. They were more easy to detect than the traditional European fairytale, which had several different interpretations / themes depending on who had analysed the story.

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  • July 15, 2010 at 7:05 am
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    I used to read fairytales a lot as a young child. I hope you find some inspiration!

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    • July 17, 2010 at 10:48 am
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      It funny how I had a large book of fairytales, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I appreciate the stories in them and the messages behind them.

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