marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

enter an ogress

Does the heroine of the story get to be an ogress?

Has D&D won?

In a lot of Rapunzel variations, the maiden in the tower is kept prisoner by an ogress.  (Who, as a sideline, may be her mother.)  But the ogres of D&D and other modern fantasy tend to be more monstrous, and green.  When I am twisting the "maiden in the tower" all around and upside down and stuff, can I use the ogress?  I don't want her to be a witch but she needs a touch fo the weird.  But it's as hard as using a dragon out of Eastern European fairy tales, no larger than a human.

sigh.  The limits of pop cultural knowledge.  Most people don't even know that the reason why the prince-turned-king's mother tried to eat Sleeping Beauty and her two children was that she was part ogre. . . her son had tried to hide his wife and babies from her, but then thought that once he was king, he could keep them safe.

Oh.  You didn't know about how the queen mother tried to eat them.  grouse.  The limits of pop culture knowledge. . . (That rings a bell, where I have heard that recently?)

Tags: fairy tales (retelling), world-building: non-human characters

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