Monday, June 02, 2008


"snow white is doin' dishes again, cuz what else could you do with seven itty bitty men.."

i have always had a soft spot for music that twists fairytales. whether it's sondheim's musical into the woods or sara bareilles fairytale song, the whimsy of making fun of fairytales just speaks to me. maybe because i never really liked fairytales all that much. princesses waiting around for their prince charming to come and rescue them from something or other was never really that appealing (tho' i loved the long-haired barbie versions of those characters).

some of the fairytales were a bit gory for me as well--beheadings, poison apples, grandmas being eaten by wolves or children lured through the woods by a witch who intends to fatten them up and eat them. these are scary stories. why do we think they're appropriate for children? they gave me nightmares as a child.

not to mention that the idea of sleeping for 100 years in a thorn-covered castle simply didn't appeal. though i would have loved to have hair long enough to climb, somehow that never happened. it's just as well, since as sara bareilles sings of rapunzel:

"a tall blonde lets out a cry of despair, says, would have cut it myself if i knew men could climb hair. i'll have to find another tower somewhere and keep away from the windows."

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