Myth or Magic: A Simple Spell

A friend of mine recently posed an interesting question. “The evil queen uses magic to change her appearance and poison Snow White. Why doesn’t she just use that magic to make Snow White uglier instead of going through the complicated process of trying to kill her?” -Rachel She makes a very good point. So IContinue reading “Myth or Magic: A Simple Spell”

Myth or Magic: A Castle in Ruins

I’m reviving all my favorite series! That’s right, Myth or Magic is back again! “The princess and the people in the castle fall into a sleep for 100 years, but what happens to all the food in the castle, or the furniture, or the castle walls? Wouldn’t it all decay and rot away? What kindContinue reading “Myth or Magic: A Castle in Ruins”

Myth or Magic: Locked in a Tower

This month on my Myth or Magic series, we’re talking about a pretty interesting (and possibly a little scientific) question. “Why doesn’t Rapunzel ever climb down her own hair and escape out of the tower?” -Kat Well, Kat, thanks for the question! I explored three possible things keeping Rapunzel in her tower and I thinkContinue reading “Myth or Magic: Locked in a Tower”

Why the Woods?

I was walking across campus this morning (very carefully, because it’s ridiculously icy today) trying to decide what to write about when a thought struck me. Why do so many fairy tales involve woods? Think about it. Sleeping Beauty was raised in the woods, then her castle was isolated by a forest of thorns. SnowContinue reading “Why the Woods?”

Fairy Tale Facts: Rapunzel

I can’t believe I haven’t talked about Rapunzel yet! So here I go! It was first published by the Brothers Grimm in their 1812 collection, Children’s and Household Tales. What It’s About A young wife is pregnant. A window in her house overlooked a garden of a powerful enchantress. Day after day, she would sit at theContinue reading “Fairy Tale Facts: Rapunzel”

The Big Three: Perrault, Andersen, and the Brothers Grimm

I’ve spent a lot of time on this blog talking about fairy tales. In exploring the different stories, I’ve found what I consider to be the most famous authors of fairy tales; Charles Perrault, the Grimm Brothers, and Hans Christian Andersen. So today I’m going to dive a little more into their backgrounds. Charles PerraultContinue reading “The Big Three: Perrault, Andersen, and the Brothers Grimm”

Fairy Tale Facts: Rumplestiltskin

Rumplestiltskin is a fairy tale that I often forget about for chunks of time. Then I’ll stumble across some re-imagining of it that reminds me how great the story is. It was written by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. What It’s About A poor miller, trying to gain some respect, boasts that hisContinue reading “Fairy Tale Facts: Rumplestiltskin”

Fairy Tale Facts: Little Red Riding Hood

I’m breaking away from the winter theme for a week (because it’s surprisingly hard to find them) to examine Little Red Riding Hood. This week the movie Into the Woods comes out (and I am beyond excited to see it!) and part of the story follows Little Red as she attempts to navigate the woods to her grandmother’sContinue reading “Fairy Tale Facts: Little Red Riding Hood”