marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
marycatelli
marycatelli

weaknesses

So why doesn't the evil sorceress just blast the prince and princess as soon as they reach their happy ending?  Turn them into -- dogs, ducks, doves, daisies, perhaps?

It's all very well to burn her at the stake, or make her dance in red-hot shoes until she dies, but that's really the same question, slightly rephrased.  They couldn't do it if they weren't in human shape -- and their subjects could be handled the same way.

So, in best fairy tale style -- the evil sorceress can really only harm you when you are in a vulnerable state:  left home. are preparing for the wedding, etc.  A liminal state, in fact.  

Then, of course, I have to figure out why two characters who are going to remain in hiding for fear of the evil sorceress do so, when they have long been married.  I suspect that it shall have to be out of fear for their children, who are in the danger zone.  Unless I decide that they will have a third child.
Tags: fairy tales (retelling), motives and purposes, story structure, world-building: magic (technique)
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