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This past weekend I’ve been playing catch up. Catch up with laundry, catch up with making lunches. I downloaded a few books and my pod-casts, so I am almost ready for the week.

While at work on Saturday, my co-worker and I had a long talk about folk lore and fantasy. So I started thinking about one of my favorite fairy-tails, or maybe I should say groups of fairytales.

When I was little my mother read me Andrew Lang’s “Fairy Book” series. There are twelve books in the series. The first book is “The Blue Fairy Book” and it was published in 1889, the last one was the “Lilac Fairy Book” and it was published in 1910. In that eleven years fairytales went from rather brutal to what we think of them now - Jack went from “Jack the Giantkiller” to “Jack in the Beanstalk”

One of my favorite stories was in the first book and was called “Bluebeard”. Basicly a woman marries a siralkiller and is told not to go into a room in the house they share, of course she does and finds all the dead wives he has had before her. In the version in the Lang book the woman’s brothers save her. I probably would have liked it better if she had saved herself.

That said, Bluebeard is the French version of this type of tale, there other versions where the woman does save herself.

Bluebeard scared the crap out of me as a child and engendered a lifelong love of horror.

Read more about Bluebeard here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluebeard



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Mar. 27th, 2013 10:55 am (UTC)
sorry I took so long to reply.

People are always telling me that the whole 'teen slasher' movies/stories are new, but they are not. The whole basement of blood thing... and it makes you wonder how much this happend, since every socitiy had a story like that. I do know the story "the oxford scholer" turned out to be true and in court records. Both him killing hte girl and the killing of him on the way to being hanged. The subsiquent 'town and gown' war was already known.

Beleve it or not (with everything I watch and read) I really don't handle human on human violence well. Even something like the 90's "I know what you did last summer" scared me half to death.

I had to do a little more laundry last night - but now I'm all set for the weekend!
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Mar. 29th, 2013 11:04 am (UTC)
Oh totaly. And stories like that were for all ages, childrens stories didn't get sanitised until the 1880's or 90's. But then again there was a lot of cultural change then - woman were loseing status through most of the Victorian era (ironicly) and children were becoming something to be protected. And now we are children well into our 20's. Mind you vitorian irish american women didn't marry until they were 30 (you still see a remnanat of that in Boston, where a woman will often have a child and live with a man starting at like 17 or 18, but they don't get married until 30. Marriage is still seen as a burden a 'penalty' there)

I don't know how I managed to turn that into a socal rant *sigh*

Anyway, yeah, we've been telling the 'slow walking kife killer' story for as long as English has been spoken and probably a lot longer than that.

I keep forgetting that it is Easter on Sunday. It is my Tom's birthday and I work. Yes my museam is open on Sunday and we will have kid fishing so I'm kind of expecting it to be busy with grandparents needing to figure out what to do with restless kids in the afternoon. We don't get either tomrrow or Monday off, but our boss was rased Catholic and so sort of midway through the day we all kind of stop.
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Mar. 30th, 2013 10:16 pm (UTC)
yes we have a pond - well really it is three ponds they are part of our millrace spillway. But yeah I think it is probably fun, it's not something I've done myself though.

I have a 5 day weekend comming up in May. Mom and I are going to pittsburgh. I wish I was kidding about that - but at least it is for a writers conference.
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