In the currently underway Voice II class, one of the exercises is to come up with your favorite fairy tale. (From Julia Cameron’s Right to Write, btw.) We are working on themes and ideas in our work, and the favorite fairy tale is one way to think about what themes appeal to you.
My favorite fairy tale–by far–was always Rapunzel. Maybe this has to do with my long-hair fetish (I grew up in the Long & Silky era, and there was serious competition over who could grow the longest hair. I might not have been the very longest, but it was very, very long, and if I do say so myself, quite splendiferous. Certainly Rapunzel-worthy.)
But the idea of favorite fairy tale is to see where the metaphor leads in terms of theme and ideas we return to in our work. So, Rapunzel…
….is Rapunzel. A woman’s hair gives her the means to escape the confining tower of her life. LOL
A woman’s hair gives her the means to escape the confining tower of her life. Hair as a shining badge of self. Ah–that’s it. You have the means to save yourself, and once you figure that out, you’ll get your reward. That sums up my books, all right. Every single one of them.
What is your favorite fairy tale? Can you see a metaphor in it about your life-theme or writing-theme?