Episode #84: Storytime Reading of Sun Girl and Dragon Prince
In honor of International Women’s Day (3/8/17), over the next few week’s we’ll be reading stories about heroines from a book called The Serpent Slayer And Other Stories of Strong Women by Katrin Tchana and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman.
This week, we’re reading an Armenian tale called Sun Girl and Dragon Prince. It has many of the traditional fairy tale archetypes you see again and again in Grimm-styles tales. I found the end kind of odd, but maybe because it didn’t wrap up as neatly as some fairy tales do. It also has that classic, but sometimes annoying theme of downtrodden-yet-beautiful-girl-with-a-heart-of-gold who tames wild beasts into civilized men. There’s a reason that story is classic … but it’s probably inspired plenty of young maidens to go kissing more than their share of frogs, hoping they’d turn into princes of their own.
There are parallels to those themes in The Thirteenth Hour prequel, A Shadow in the Moonlight, so what can I say? Fairy tale characters don’t always make great role models for real life 🙂 Interestingly enough, although I’d never read this tale before, there’s a hunter in it who has a lot of parallels to the cursed hunter in A Shadow in the Moonlight as well. (You can read that tale free and find out for yourself.)
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