My Top 5 Favorite Hans Christian Andersen Fairytales

For today’s post, I have decided to do a countdown of my favorite fairytales written by the great Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen.   I am a huge fan of fairytales, as my regular readers will know, and I have truly adored those written by this talented man since my childhood!   So, without…

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My Top 5 Favorite Disney Songs

For today’s post, I have decided to do a countdown of my favorite Disney songs.   I have narrowed it down to only songs from animated feature films.   Of course, all but one of these have been made (or is being made) into live-action versions, but I chose the version from the animated film…

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Queen of Snow Poem

Today I am sharing a very short poem I wrote in honor of this cold season! As you have likely guessed from the title it is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. Queen of Snow by Maranda Wabik Queen of Snow, Being of Ice, Burning my body, So cold it hurts, Yet she…

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My Top 5 Winter Fairytales

For today’s post I have decided to do a countdown of my top five favorite fairytales that have a connection to the Winter season.   Given it is now the coldest time of the year I felt that talking about wintery fairytales is the perfect idea. Number 5: The Star-Child by Oscar Wilde ~This is…

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The Villain Redeemed? Fairytale Origin Stories

The villains of fairytales have been being re-examined a lot as of late.    We get films from Disney like Maleficent and Cruella that give us a back story of the villains of their classic films.   I personally love to see the story from the perspective of the villain.   Many have complained that…

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Sally Skellington: Pumpkin Queen

Most people who read this blog will know I adore Tim Burton’s work, and especially Nightmare Before Christmas!   So for today’s Femme Fatale Friday here at White Rose of Avalon I will discussing Sally Skellington.   Sally was the lead female of this film, and she is getting her own continuation novel (due out…

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Emma Swan in Once Upon a Time as the Dark Swan: A Version of Morgan Le Fay?

For today’s post I would like to take a look at the character of Emma Swan in Once Upon A Time and how she can be interpreted as a version of Morgan Le Fay.   This is something that has resonated with me since I first saw the fifth season of the television show.  …

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The Fox in Myth and Folklore

For today’s post I would like to take a look at foxes as they appear in folklore and fairytales.    This animals are known for their intelligence and ability to maneuver their way into and out of situations.   In the Celtic world foxes were seen as spirit guides, as were many of the forest…

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The Connection Between Arthurian Legend and Sleeping Beauty

For today’s post I want to do an analysis of something that I felt inspired to write about.    I have this theory that you can interpret the story of Sleeping Beauty as being a variant on the archetypes found in the Arthurian legends.   Specifically the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty has characters that…

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