Category: Fairy Tale Fridays

The Modern Take on the Sexist Fairy Tale

The Modern Take on the Sexist Fairy Tale

Fun Fact about Carlisa: I am all about these new fairy tale remakes that’ve been exploding. They’re everywhere, and it’s fantastic. There are shows like Grimm and Once Upon a Time, which I still need to catch up on by the way. There are movies everywhere you look with Disney remakes like Maleficient and Cinderella to the the new Huntsman movie. It’s also prevalent in YA literature with so many new fairy tale retellings coming out in the past couple of years. This market is exploding, and I am a firm believer that media trends are a direct result of cultural and societal beliefs and issues of that time, as I stated in my […]

Posted April 29, 2016
Fairy Tale Fridays

Penelope: A Modern-Day Fairy Tale

Penelope: A Modern-Day Fairy Tale

Yaaaay, I’m back in action with some Fairy Tale Fridays! I’ve been meaning to write on this topic for a while…because I love, love, love this movie. And by “this movie,” I mean Penelope. If you haven’t seen it, you need to. It just makes my heart happy every time I watch it. So let’s just start with a basic plot summary, and then we’ll get into the nitty-gritty of what I want to talk about today. Plot Summary of Penelope Basically, Penelope is about a girl named Penelope…but we kind of have to start before she was born. Generations ago, one of her Wilhern ancestors had an […]

Posted April 22, 2016
Fairy Tale Fridays

History of the Werewolf

History of the Werewolf

So a few introduced me to a podcast a few weeks ago–called Lore–that takes something from folklore and explores it and its effect on society and our culture (They’re pretty interesting, go check them out). I listened to one like two weeks ago I think that talked about werewolves. And it just made me realize how messed up people really are…but I wanted to explore it further. And I thought here would be a good place to do it! So let’s talk about the werewolf. Though not explicitly in most fairy tales, the werewolf is present in folklore throughout the centuries. […]

Posted July 31, 2015
Fairy Tale Fridays, Features

Difference Between Fairy Tale and Fantasy

Difference Between Fairy Tale and Fantasy

The Inspiration Two days ago, in the kitchen, a woman (Carlisa’s mother) stands by the sink washing dishes. Carlisa sits at the table, her computer and a blank WordPress document open in front of her. Her mind is scrambling for ideas for a Fairy Tale Friday post because she hasn’t posted one in three weeks and needs to get her butt in gear. Camera focuses in on the blinking cursor. Blink. Blink. Blink. Me: Mom, what’s a fairy tale thing I could write about? Camera pans back out to show entire kitchen. Mom: I don’t know, is Harry Potter a fairy tale? Carlisa, […]

Posted July 10, 2015
Fairy Tale Fridays, Features

Are Fairy Tales Just For Girls?

Are Fairy Tales Just For Girls?

While thinking of ideas for this blog post, I was sitting by my 13-year-old brother Ryan and decided I should just ask him some questions. I didn’t really expect to get an answer from him…but I did. Here’s the conversation: CARLISA: What do you think of fairy tales? RYAN: *being sarcastic* I feel like there’s a lot of pressure on me right now. C: Just tell me what you think about fairy tales. R: It’s a story. C: What kind of story? R: It has a beginning, a middle, and end. [Again, with the sarcasm] C: Okay…Why is a fairy tale different than […]

Posted June 5, 2015
Fairy Tale Fridays, Features