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Heidi Anne Heiner
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(8/30/07 11:48 am)


Dragon*Con 2007: The Power of the Old Stories Folklore and
I'm attending Dragon*Con in Atlanta this weekend and thought I would start discussions for each of the four panels I'm sitting on as a guest panelist.

If anyone wants to contribute to the discussion, whether or not you are attending, please feel free to do so here.

The Power of the Old Stories- Folklore and Fairytales in YA

Panelists: Josepha Sherman, Heidi Anne Heiner, Kathleen David, Anne Petty, Keith DeCandido

Description: Something old, something new, something borrowed and something Greek? Are there bits of Lord of the Rings in Harry Potter? Is the Bible in Narnia? Are there bits of mythology, folklore, and fairy tales in the popular stories of today?

MaryCatelli
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(9/4/07 8:19 pm)


Re: Dragon*Con 2007: The Power of the Old Stories Folklore a
"Ripping off Folklore for Fun and Profit" -- heh heh heh. :)

One thing I find out the fairy tales that get ripped off is that there's a noticeable tendency to converge on the popular tales. I still remember my surprise when I ran across a short story that retold The Singing, Springing Lark. It's straight out of Grimm, but it's not one of the best known tales.

I still remember a panel (at another con) where I was talking of how people don't even know fairy tales from the British Isles, like Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree, or Kate Crackernuts, and all the panelists were nodding at the titles and all the audience members -- who obviously were interested in the matter -- looked blank.

janeyolen
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(9/8/07 7:07 am)


Re: Dragon*Con 2007: The Power of the Old Stories Folklore a
At one point Emma Bull was going to do a Kate Crackernuts for the Windling Fairy Tale series and did not. I have mourned that ever since.

Maybe one day. . .

Jane

MaryCatelli
Registered User
(9/8/07 5:09 pm)


Re: Dragon*Con 2007: The Power of the Old Stories Folklore a
Of course, that has complications of its own. I recently ran a story based on a Child ballad through a writers' group, and not a soul recognized it. In fact, some people particularly commented on the originality of stuff I took direct from the ballad.

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