Sunday, 12 May 2013

Fairytales: Sleeping Beauty

YES! I finally get to write about one of my favourites!!!
Princess Aurora has always been my favourite princess for some reason. and when I was little I had a custom made BLUE dress made for me and it looked like the real one.
she is just so pretty!
Which disappoints me about the costumes used at disneyland/world because they don't do her dress justice.As pretty as the actresses playing her are.
I am very extremely happy to find that they have redesigned her costume so when I (of course) eventually become princess aurora I will be able to wear this dress too ahhaha in my dreams! I wonder If they will make a blue version <3 it would like make my day hahaha 

She is just sooo pretty though <3 when I was a child she was like my Idol . I always want my hair long with the slight fringe and the curls.. too bad blonde hair doesn't suit me. But when I was little I USED TO COPY HER SO MUCH! even the way I smile these days reflects years of trying to copy her lol woops .. although one could never do her justice

But anyway!!!!!!!! on with the Story!!! So what do we know from the disney version? 

princess born to two parents longing for a child. they are happy (YIPPE KAYEE) they have a big shindig with 3 fairies blessing the princess with gifts beauty song etc and then the MALFISHENT QUEN ;) or the maleficent as we know her :P x comes in and is a bit pissed off for not being invited so she curses the baby to die. but merrywether bless her soul lessens the curse with her gift being for her to only sleep untill a prince wakes her up.
they try to prevent things more by having the fairies taking her into hiding and burning spinningwheels. and Briar Rose as she now is called falls in love with someone she didnt know is a prince. gets upset when she realises she is a princess and when in the castle follows the scary green light and falls asleep with the spinning wheeeel.. bla bla bla kiss happy ever after the end ! 

but the first imagined version of this tale was rather different indeed ! 

It was first called 

Sun, Moon, and Talia

a strange title but rather greusome too

After the birth of a great lord's daughter, Talia, wise men and astrologers cast the child's horoscope and told the lord that Talia would be later endangered by a splinter of flax. To protect his daughter, the father commands that no flax would ever be brought into his house.

Years later, Talia sees an old woman spinning flax on a spindle. She asks the woman if she can stretch the flax herself, but as soon as she begins to spin, a splinter of flax goes under her fingernail, and she drops to the ground, apparently dead. Unable to stand the thought of burying his child, the lord puts Talia in one of his country estates.
Some time later, a king, hunting in nearby woods, follows his falcon into the house. He finds Talia, tries unsuccessfully to wake her up, then has sex with her while she is unconscious. Afterwards, he leaves the girl on the bed and returns to his own city.
Still deep in sleep, she gives birth to twins (a boy and a girl). One day, the boy cannot find his mother's breast; and instead he begins to suck on Talia's finger and draws the flax splinter out. Talia awakens immediately. She names them "Sun" and "Moon" and lives with them in the house.
The king returns and finds Talia is awake – and a mother of twins. However, he is already married. He calls out the names of Talia, Sun and Moon in his sleep, and his wife, the queen, hears him. She forces the king's secretary to tell her everything, and then, using a forged message, has Talia's children brought to court. She orders the cook to kill the children and serve them to the king. But the cook hides them, and cooks two lambs instead. The queen taunts the king while he eats.
Then the queen has Talia brought to court. She commands that a huge fire be lit in the courtyard, and that Talia be thrown into the flames.
Talia asks to take off her fine garments first. The queen agrees. Talia undresses and utters screams of grief with each piece of clothing. The king hears Talia's screams. His wife tells him that Talia would be burned and that he had unknowingly eaten his own children.
The king commands that his wife, his secretary, and the cook be thrown into the fire instead. The cook explains how he had saved Sun and Moon. The king and Talia marry; and the cook is rewarded with the title of royal chamberlain.

Basically it was a prophecy rather than a spell. The prince or king rapes her sleeping body and she has twins in which she wakes up because one of them is sucking her fingers. THEN AFTER THEY MARRY the kings wife is angry so she tries to make the king eat his own children and burn Talia. and i thought the maleficent was the mistress of all evil!!

The Next Version I will tell you about is the Perrault and then the Grimm version.

La Belle au bois dormant- like the french title for the film or  "The Beauty sleeping in the wood" Originally by Charles Perrault like most of our well loved tales. This was in two parts!

In this version there are Seven Fairies present at the christening and the reason the malishent quen or the wicked fairy was not invited was that there were not enough golden casket or in other versions plates. Many Believed this fairy to be either dead or enchanted because she was in a tower for years. when she does arrive she is offered seating but not as nice as the golden ones. The fairies then offer their gifts of beauty, wit, grace, dance, song and ability of musical instruments. The old fairy then places the princess under an enchantment as her gift: the princess will prick her hand on a spindle and die. One last fairy has yet to give her gift and uses it to partially reverse the wicked fairy's curse, proclaiming that the princess will instead fall into a deep sleep for 100 years and be awoken by a king's son.
the king and queen are one day away on pleasure bent, the princess wanders through the palace rooms going up and down and then chances upon an old woman who is spinning with her distaff in the garret of a tower and had not heard of the king's decree against spinning wheels. The princess asks to try the unfamiliar task and the inevitable happens: the curse is fulfilled. The old woman cries for help and attempts are made to revive her, but to no avail. The king attributes this to fate and has the princess carried to the finest room in the palace and placed upon a bed of gold-and-silver-embroidered fabric. The good fairy who altered the evil prophecy is summoned by a dwarf wearing seven-league boots and returns in a chariot of fire drawn by dragons. Having great powers of foresight, the good fairy sees that the princess will be distressed to find herself alone and so puts everyone in the castle to sleep. The king and queen kiss their daughter goodbye and depart, proclaiming the entrance to be forbidden. The good fairy's magic also summons a forest of trees, brambles and thorns that spring up around the castle, shielding it from the outside world and preventing anyone from disturbing the princess.
A hundred years pass and a prince from another family spies the hidden castle during a hunting expedition. His attendants tell him differing stories regarding the happenings in the castle until an old man recounts his father's words: within the castle lies a beautiful princess who is doomed to sleep for a hundred years, whereupon a king's son is to come and awaken her. The prince then braves the tall trees, brambles and thorns which part at his approach, and enters the castle. He passes the sleeping castle folk and comes across the chamber where the princess lies asleep on the bed. Trembling at the radiant beauty before him, he falls on his knees before her. The enchantment comes to an end and the princess awakens and converses with the prince for a long time. Meanwhile, the rest of the castle awakes and go about their business. The prince and princess head over to the hall of mirrors to dine and are later married by the chaplain in the castle chapel.

the Prince continued to visit the Princess, who bore him two children, L'Aurore (Dawn) OOH FAMILIAR! and Le Jour (Day), which he kept secret from his step-mother, who was of an ogre lineage. Once he had ascended the throne, he brought his wife and the talabutte ("Count of the Mount").
The Ogress Queen Mother sent the young Queen and the children to a house secluded in the woods, and directed her cook there to prepare the boy for her dinner, The humane cook substituted a lamb, which satisfied the Queen Mother, who then demanded the girl, but was satisfied with a young goat prepared in the same excellent sauce. When the Ogress demanded that he serve up the young Queen, the latter offered her throat to be slit, so that she might join the children she imagined were dead. There was a tearful secret reunion in the cook's little house, while the Queen Mother was satisfied. Soon she discovered the trick and prepared a tub in the courtyard filled with vipers and other noxious creatures. The King returned in the nick of time and the Ogress, being discovered, threw herself into the pit she had prepared and was consumed, and everyone else lived happily ever after.


The Grimm version really kept to the Perrault version but later on part two being removed so it ends with the kiss and them getting married.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote two poems based on Sleeping Beauty, "Sleeping Beauty" in 1830, and an expanded, rewritten version, "The Day-Dream", in 1842.[18]
Sleeping Beauty has been popular for many fairytale fantasy retellings. These include Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters novel The Gates of Sleep;Robin McKinley's Spindle's EndOrson Scott Card's EnchantmentJane Yolen's Briar RoseSophie Masson's ClementineAnne Rice's (as A. N. Roquelaure) Sleeping Beauty Trilogy and Jim C. Hines's Princess Series (Hines portraying the prince as raping Sleeping Beauty- AKA Talia- while she slept, Talia waking up after giving birth and using her gift of grace to become a highly skilled martial artist; she develops a strong dislike of fairies and unrequited feelings of love for her friend and ally, Snow White).
Princess Aurora also appears in the second season of the ABC TV show Once Upon a Time, portrayed by Sarah Bolger.

In the ballet of this tale the kiss is before the end of the first half and then there are retelling of many popular fairy tales. The Tchaikovsky ballet inspired Walt Disney and his colleagues to use the music from the ballet. Here are examples

This blog is long enough as it is for me to put more so when I remember I will add more shiz about this tale in which I love so much <3 x 

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