21st August 2014

The Little Merboy Part 2 of 4

Adapted from from http://www.andersenstories.com/en/andersen_fairy-tales/the_little_mermaid

At least he reached his fifteenth year. “Well, now you are grown up,” said the old man, his grandfather, “so you must let me adorn you like your other brothers.” And he placed a wreath of white lilies in his hair and every flower leaf was half a pearl. Then the old man ordered eight great oysters to attach themselves to the tail of the prince to show his high rank.

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19th August 2014

The Little Merboy Part 1 of 4

Adapted from 


Far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep; so deep indeed that no cable could fathom it. Many church steeples piled one upon another would not reach from the ground beneath to the surface of the water above. There dwell the Sea Queen and her subjects. We must not imagine that there is nothing at the bottom of the sea but bare yellow sand. No indeed; the most singular flowers and plants grow there; the leaves and stems of which are so pliant that the slightest agitation of the water causes them to stir as if they had life. Fishes both large and small glide between the branches, as birds fly among the trees here upon land. In the deepest spot of all stands the castle of the Sea Queen. Its walls are built of coral and the long gothic windows are f the clearest amber. The roof is formed of shells that open and close as the water flows over them. Their appearance is very beautiful, for in each lies a glittering pearl which would be fit for the diadem of a king.

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14th August 2014


Adapted from the Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

There was one upon a time a couple of rich folks who had twelve daughters and when the youngest was grown up she would not stay at home any longer but would go out into the world and seek her fortune. Her mother and father said that they thought she was very well off at home and that she was welcome to stay with them but she could not rest and said that she must and would go, so at last they have to give her leave. When she had walked a long way she came to a Queen’s palace. There she asked for a place and got it.

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12th August 2014

The House in the Wood

Adapted from The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang 

A poor woodcutter lived with her husband and three sons in a little hut on the borders of a great forest.

One morning as she was going to her work, she said to her husband, “Let our eldest son bring me my lunch into the wood and so that he shall not lose his way, I will take a bag of millet with me and sprinkle the seed on the path.”

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7th August 2014

Joanna and the Beanstalk

Adapted from The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Joanna Sells the Cow

Once upon a time there was a poor widower who lived in a little cottage with his only daughter Joanna.

Joanna was a giddy thoughtless girl but very kind-hearted and affectionate. There had been a hard winter and after it the poor man suffered from fever and ague. Joanna did no work as yet and by degrees they grew dreadfully poor. The widower saw that there was no means of keeping Joanna and himself from starvation but by selling his cow; so one morning he said to his daughter, “I am too weak to go myself, Joanna, so you must take the cow to market for me and sell it.”

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6th August 2014

The Empress’s New Clothes

Adapted from http://fpd.iwarp.com/andersenMN.html

Many years ago, there was an Empress who was so excessively fond of new clothes that she spent all her money in dress. She did not trouble herself in the least about her soldiers nor did she care to go either to the theatre or the chase, except for the opportunities then afforded her for displaying her new clothes. She had a different suit for each hour of the day and as of any other queen or empress one is accustomed to say, “she is sitting in council,” it was always said of her, “The Empress is sitting in her wardrobe.”

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31st July 2014

The Prince and the Pea

Adapted from http://www.andersenstories.com/en/andersen_fairy-tales/the_princess_and_the_pea

Once upon a time there was a princess who wanted to marry a prince; but he would have to be a real prince. She travelled all over the world to find one but nowhere could she get what she wanted. There were princes enough but it was difficult to find out whether they were real ones. There was always something about them that was not as it should be. So she came home again and was sad because she would have liked very much to have a real prince.

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24th July 2014

Snow White and Rose Red

Adapted from  http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~spok/grimmtmp/122.txt

There was once a poor widower who lived in a lonely cottage.  In front of the cottage was a garden wherein stood two rose-trees, one of which bore white and the other red roses.  He had two children who were like the two rose-trees, and one was called snow-white, and the other rose-red.  They were as good and happy, as busy and cheerful as ever two children in the world were, only snow-white was more quiet and gentle than rose-red.

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22nd July 2014

The Twelve Sisters

Adapted from http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/grimm/bl-grimm-12brothers.htm

There were once on a time a queen and a king who lived happily together and had twelve children, but they were all girls. Then said the Queen to her husband, “If the thirteenth child which I am about to bring into the world is a boy, the twelve girls shall die in order that his possessions may be great and that the kingdom may fall to him alone. She caused likewise twelve coffins to be made, which were already filled with shavings and in each lay the little pillow for the dead. She had them taken into a locked-up room and then she gave the King the key of it and bade him not to speak of this to anyone.

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In this project I'm switching all sexes in many well-known fairy tales, myths and legends. I try to change as little as possible other than the sex of the characters and possibly a name or two. I want to explore how just changing the sex of a character changes the tone of a story.

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