In Defense of Becky Sharp

For this week’s Femme Fatale Friday I have decided to choose a character from classic literature.   Becky Sharp is the protagonist of the novel Vanity Fair, and she is often also seen as the villain of that self-same novel.   She is someone who is easy to hate.   However, she is also someone…

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One Year Anniversary

Today is a big day here on White Rose of Avalon.    It is the One Year Anniversary of this blog!    I wanted to use today’s post to thank everyone who has read, followed, and liked over the past year.    I feel incredibly blessed to have so much support from all of my…

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Tempest Poem

For today’s post I have decided to share a poem I wrote a long while ago inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest!   I hope you will enjoy it. Tempest by Maranda Wabik Daughter of Prospero; destined magician. A witch of unknown power—but  One of admiration and the cause of wonderment. Caught in a storm, A…

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Crows and Ravens as Symbols of Deities, and in Popular Culture

Crows and ravens are birds that evoke much in the way of emotions and passions in people.    This is likely because of the fact that crows and ravens are both associated with deities in multiple cultures.   This would lead to their inclusion in Aesop’s Fables, and later in literature.    In Arthurian legends,…

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Marie of France, Duchess of Champagne

For this week’s Femme Fatale Friday I have chosen Marie of France, Countess of Champagne!    This will be a very brief post about this French princess who became a Countess.  Marie was the daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Louis VII of France.    She would be married off the the Duke of Champagne.…

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Morgana Le Fay’s Influence in Game of Thrones

For today’s post I would like to look at Morgan Le Fay’s influence in the characters in Game of Thrones (or as the book series is called A Song of Ice and Fire).    The obvious Morgana connection here is to Melisandre of Asshai.   She is the redheaded witch character.   In many ways…

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Bellatrix Lestrange: Witch Bitch

For this week’s Femme Fatale Friday I have chosen a truly fatal female.   In the Harry Potter books there was not a more evil and wicked female magician than Bellatrix Lestrange.    There is literally nothing but blackness and bile in this bitchy witch!    She is an antagonist and rather mad, and is…

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Phoenix: Bird of Fiery Rebirth

For today’s post I would like to discuss the fiery bird, the phoenix.   The phoenix is a fire bird from mythology.    The story of the phoenix is a bird who gets engulfed in fire when it is ready to die.    The unique part of this bird is that it gets born again…

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The Bronte’s, Heroines of Gothic Literature

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!   For the final day of Gothic week I have decided that the topic will be about the Brontes!    I will be discussing the sisters, their literature, and especially their heroines.   I will focus mainly on my favorite Catherine Earnshaw and on Jane Eyre.    I have to be honest, Anne,…

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Gothic Icon

For this last Femme Fatale Friday of October, and in celebration of Gothic Week 2021, I have chosen to discuss Mary Shelley!    Mary Shelley was the daughter of the great feminist icon Mary Wollstonecraft and the writer William Godwin.   Mary would lead a rebellious life, making her a perfect choice for Femme Fatale…

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