>Your analysis of the princess quest (on the part of the prince) and
>of the summary arc of the Arabian Nights makes me think of one of my
>favorite stories, "The Marriage of Sir Gawain" which is the Arthurian
>canon's answer to that age-old question: "What do women want?" And I
>guess that really is the quest of "Girl Genius" when I think about
Oh, yeah. (Of course I know the ending to that story. My partner,
Lisa Padol, did her doctoral dissertation on the Matter!)
And yeah, the story is certainly apropos to GG.
>But always remember that in fairy tales and folk legends "beauty" is
>always more than what it seems to be in the story. Get off the
>surface and dig deeper; it's because of what you find down there that
>you like the "simple" story on top.
*nod* Beauty is a common (and sometimes story-centric)
handle/attribute in fairy tales--and tales of any sort, really (how
many lead acresses -aren't- beautiful?) But the sympathetic heroines
usually have -something- going for them in addition to that--Snow
White is kind (sometimes, too kind), the ugly stepsisters are -also-
venal and greedy; Cinderella is a dutiful worker (though really, she's
a cipher. Cinderella is, rather, the epitome of the story which
appeals not because of the characters but because it can serve as wish
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