12984Re: Changing our Fairy Tales
- Sep 29, 2004As fairy tales interact at some level with mythopoeia, what does
>> this say about American society? Is it a good thing or a bad thingHappened to be reading an interview with Naomi Murchison from 1989,
>> or neither or both? Or can we even evaluate this shift from "the
>> fairy tale has a beginning, middle and end" to "the fairy tale never
>> ends, and you'll face the same problems over and over"?
>> To perhaps phrase this in a way more suited to discussion:
>> *Does* a fairy tale need to have an ending ("happily ever after" or
>> not)? And if it doesn't, how does that change what the story means?
talking about her Arthurian fantasy "To the Chapel Perilous". Here is
her take on endings, or rather non-endings:
RT: When you were dealing with the Grail legend, did you believe that
certain elements were crucial to the story and had to be preserved?
NM: No, I don't think so, but I knew I'd never find out what the end of
the story was. I knew I had to have an end that wasn't an end.
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