Any ordinary girl when starts frequenting her self with alphabets, in general meets fairy tales by the age of three. Though my childhood was no different I too loved fairy tales. The words "Once Upon A time" a classic piece of master wordsmith. They "Happily Lived Ever After". The hard work of Cinderella rewarded, the pure heart of Belle rescuing her love, Aurora sleeping ten decades for love,. The very common of tales I mentioned, few are tracing my memory the -Bengali Fairy tales with the twists by gods, all have happy endings.
To be honest I still love Fairy tales, as soon as I stumble upon Andrew Lang's books I grab them. Though here we are met by different tales, its in Lang's book that I realised for first time Little Red Ridding Hood was gobbled by Wolf/Fox. Its then when I felt Fairy Tales were not always Fairy-some. Oscar Wilde opened my eyes with his twisted tales, which had fairy tale qualities and narrative but are highly allegorical and ironical. But when I hear word Fairy Tale I still clung to the old idea of fair maiden being married to a rich prince.
When a girl enters teen zone she moves to more mature fairy tales- Chick lit's, yes I love them too, stories are based same plots, only background, time, space and environment change. From Knight in Armour we have Business Tycoon in BMW. From fair hard working Maiden we have Strong Independent Modern Woman. But theme remains same "True Love".They fight, they shout, they love, and finally they kiss. Mills and Boons help relaxing my mind a lot when its tired of serious and good Literature of Marquez or newly acquainted Kafka or Pamuk. Then there are commercial writing which I mentioned in my last post the Male Chick lit's. These books provide the male fairy tales.
Fairy Tales and I have long relation a comradeship of sixteen years. We girls despite all the happenings never fail to create a fancy world of our dreams. We all want to be kissed when we turn sweet sixteen, we want to meet our prince and marry him off and live happily ever after. I feel no shame admitting I too shared that view. Well I am a die hard fan of the twilight book series, and most people loathe it. But I too have out grown my Infatuation with the series of lately. Its not because I am a student of English Literature and I am learning better books, but its my feminist ideologies that's slowly making me grow up out of young adult literature.
Again I love Anime, yes they even give life to my wildest imaginations. Out of all Fairy tale Anime, there's one particular Anime which has been close to my imaginative bud. This Anime connected my Soul Sister with me since seventh grade. Princess Tutu is a magical girl series by Ikuko Itoh. The series is a beautiful story where the characters with in the story change their fate from supposed tragic end to happy ending. Its not particularly what a feminist would love. Yet the story has had charmed me time and again. But being a super fan of the series I didnot like the ending with Which Ahiru ( Duck in Japanese, also Duck in the English dubbed series, Princess tutu herself is a duck) and Fakir ( the Knight reborn from the book the Prince and the Raven.) meet in the end. When one is twelve and obsessed with cartoons and fairy tales, one tries to write an end to something she feels was needed. Yes I did try with my Soul Sister to write an alternate ending, but we failed. But finally I got my happy ending for my favorite Ahiru and Fakir in a fan fiction. After reading that Fan fiction I felt delighted and I want to hug those two writers who did a great work.
If my readers if any one reads me, would like to read the 18chapters fan fiction written can read it. I would first request you watch the condensed episodes in Youtube to relate better to the fan fiction.
Fairy Tales have become part of my thought processes, now days I can see my twisted fairy tales (not mine, but something similar goes in my head) to come to life in movies, I always wanted to see Snow White fight for her Right, again the French Movie Sleeping Beauty by Catherine Breillat is so absurd and beautiful we can find it on Youtube. It has become a joy now days to read fairy tales and compare them with movies. The whole sensibility has changed, now we no longer find Damsel In Danger. Damsels are now proud of being She-power, she needs no protection and she can fight her way out. Now no Cinderella will run of with one glass slippers, as she loves her true identity, no Snow White will let an Old Step Mother ruin her, no Rapunzel is letting any prince climb the tower with help of her beautiful long groomed hair. Fairy tales are changing for good.
The words are changing between "Once upon a time" and "They lived happily ever after". There are many untold stories, adventure and magic, now beginning and ending are not what matters most but the journey in between words. In my own world of fairy tales I don't have a Unicorn as pet rather a Dragon, not a castle of Pink of but a beach house full of green, no gowns but shorts, no heels but pumps. Wow my life is far better then reality, Fiction has helped me survive last one year, fiction will help me figure out next two years too,
P.S- Still we love the scenes where first kiss takes place, and camera rolls and The End comes up stating they lived Happily Ever After.