Friday, June 05, 2009

This Makes Fairy Tales A Little More Interesting

Gauthiers are not fairy tale people. I can recall reading a fairy tale or two in my basal readers when I was a kid and actually liking them, and I have some twisted knowledge of Disney's versions of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty from the Little Golden Books I found under the Christmas tree when I was in first or second grade. But we were farmers and millworkers, Jim! We didn't do that fairy stuff.

As an adult, I can take fairy tales or leave them. What I do enjoy is hearing about obscure battles in isolated fields of study. So two articles discussing a book denying the oral tradition of fairy tales were of interest to me. You, too, may find Scholar Denies Oral Roots of Fairy Tales and From 'Once Upon a Time' to 'Happily Ever After' of interest.

The second article uses the term panto, as in "Audiences of both genders, all ages, and all classes enjoyed panto..."

I thought, Hmmm. Where have I heard that word? Then I remembered--one of the episodes from the first season of Clatterford involved the townfolks putting on a panto.

Which just goes to show, my little lads and lasses, that television is broadening, n'est-ce pas?

Training Report: Not too bad, if I do say so myself. Worked on that essay you may never see. Did one segment for the 365 Story Project, started two more, and planned a third. Plus I have another blog at Amazon, and I had to do some work over there because they've done some kind of renovation. And, finally, family matters having shifted a bit for the weekend, I have a prayer...a prayer...of being able to do a little work on Saturday or Sunday. I'm feeling as if flow is hovering very, very nearby.

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