- Fort Worth, TX, USA
- member since August 2, 2007
Lodie’s last login was Saturday, November 22, 2008.
Miss Lodie, I need your help. It seems to me that fairy tales are starting to get stale due to drawing exclusively on
European folk tales, with only the occasional Asian story. There are a few exceptions, such as Aladdin, The Lion King,
and the Journeys of the Catechist trilogy, by Alan Dean Foster, but by and large, fantasy stories are very Eurocentric.
I believe I can alleviate this, I have some suggestions, and must run them by experts. You are an obvious expert on fantasy
novels, and can help me turn my opinion from blog blather into something worthy of a magazine article (the magazines would
range from Writer's Digest to fantasy to Native Peoples, Ebony, even Lowrider).
It would revive the genre if they drew on the folk tales, beliefs, and stories of Africa and Native America. For example, a
Spanish priest described Aztec Cities as being "lovely as a fairy land", and Latin American folk tales mention axuls, little
people who bear a fairly strong resemblance to leprachauns, and Brazilian fairy tales talk of river dolphins who can become
people, and in their aspect are somewhere between mermaids and werewolves. I believe this would make a splendid cover for a
fantasy novel, an elf, dressed as a Maya Lord, with a jaguar's tooth earring passed through the ear, with the fang's tip
parellel to his own ear points(but maybe I am guilty of "coloring in" Europen Fairy Tales by saying this). This represents
a good, simple starting point for Hispanic and Native American fantasy, but Africa is a more complicated task.
There are indeed many African fairy/folk stories (I even mentioned one to you last
time), but there are other areas to consider in addition. For starters, the Gypsies and Jews of Medival Europe were treated
horribly, and even subject to barbarity worthy of the 1900's South. I believe their shared experiences with blacks is worth
exploring, but at the same time, it is worthy of it's treatment. Finally, I learned that between the Civil War and the Civil
Rights Movement, many blacks worked on southern farms in an arrangement almost identical to the middle ages peasant to lord
relationship. Blacks lived and worked land for the rich, technically free, but actually held in place by debts owed and
impossible to pay. The only way a black person could leave the plantation they worked was by forfeiting all their property.
Really sad thing is, this could still be seen as an improvement in their lot. The older system of actual slavery was based
on the Roman agricultural system.
To a degree, Asian stories are better represented, (I first noticed you because of our common appreciation of The Weaving
of a Dream), nevertheless, even they could use more representation in our culture. Ironically enough, I discovered the
first known version of Cinderella came from China, as did the tale of Aladdin, and there is a legend of Thailand which
bears a strong resemblance to the Little Mermaid, and which may even have inspired Hans Christian Anderson. Those stories
were altered to fit a different culture, yet lost little, so maybe I worry too much about stories "colored in".
At any rate, please let me know your opinion, and post it so as many people as possible can see and contribute.
Really amazing selection of books. I myself have read a lot of Edgar Allen Poe and Lovecraft. I reccomend a website called dagonbytes.com, but it doesn't always work. C S Lewis instructed not to read a modern book before reading an ancient one, in order to keep in touch with the past. I understand the reasoning, but at the time I read that, I was reading four books which are not easily classified according to age. They were "waking up screaming" by H.P. Lovecraft, "Route 66 ad" on the trail of ancient roman tourists, "Sundiata" an epic of old Mali, and "Underworld" by Graham Hancock. The last three are very recent, but quote the past heavily.
January 29, 2008 at 6pm
TCU Barnes and Noble Bookstore
2950 West Berry St.
Fort Worth, TX
Widow Traci Evans sits in on meetings with the lovely ladies of the Invincible Sisterhood because for a little while she can feel as if she belongs. The members are all sweet older women who have lost their husbands, but not their passion for life. However, unlike the other women in the Sisterhood, Traci's husband died while cheating on her.
Traci has no intention of letting a man make a fool of her again. Not even if he begged. Even her newfound friend and neighbor, Maureen Gilmore, can't convince her to open her heart to love again. But when Maureen's gorgeous son Ryan admits he's attracted to Traci, she might have to rethink everything she knows about love. Maureen has some soul searching to do as well. She's interested in a sexy young policeman...and then the unthinkable happens, she starts having hot flashes
Two women - two impossible situations.
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