Wednesday January 14, 2004

Living a Faery Tale Life

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Saturday Slant, week 41 ]
If you were banished from reality into a faery tale of your choice, which would it be, which character would you choose to become, and why? This is a classic Saturday Slant revisited. Would you be Snow White, destined to be rescued by, and live happily ever after with, Prince Charming? Or would you choose someone who’s entire fate is not yet written, one of the Seven Dwarves, for example, so that you might reap the benefits of choosing your own path? There are easy, glib answers; and then there are deeper, more meaningful answers waiting within your heart and mind. Which will you choose?

I rather like one woman's response to this question. She said she would choose the role of Princess Fiona in Shrek. I liked her reasoning. But that's her story, not mine.

In Lost in a Good Book, Jasper Fforde describes an alternate universe in which fictional characters occasionally enter the "real" world (and some "real" people can enter the world of fiction).

I've never wanted to be a "star". I would have no interest in taking on the role of Sleeping Beauty (covered in dust for 100 years?), Snow White (talk about claustrophobia), or Cinderella (all that soot and grit). And how do we know they lived happily ever after?.

My choice, would be The Elves and the Shoemaker. First of all, because there are two people in the story; I could take my hubby along to play the part of the Shoemaker, while I would play the part of the Shoemaker's Wife. We could take the cats along too; they'd enjoy it (they would have a lot of fun watching the elves!). I'm not going anywhere without Spouse and Furkids!

Second, I like the basic elements of this story. There are no princes or fairy godmothers. No one gets a great reward just by the sheer luck of having a fairy godmother. No one gets hurt. No one gets their come-uppance either. The shoemaker and his wife are good, hardworking people. They need some help and they get it. In thanks, they do a good deed in return. The shoemaker and his wife end up happy (and reasonably prosperous). The elves are happy (and their good will was returned). Everyone comes out well in the end. And the magic works ;-)

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