marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
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things that go bump in the night

the rule of three was bugging me.  That's the thing about retelling fairy tales, one expects the tropes to be respected. . . and I needed the prince to meet three people with problems.

So finally I decided to make it that old fairy tale stand-by, a ghost.

Now, I had just read a bit about an Icelandic saga where they handle a ghost by suing it for trespassing, thus forcing it out.  Toyed it a bit with using it.  But no, it's not very fairy tale like.

Just had them tell a story on the way to -- about how a hero managed to deal with other ghosts by staying all night --, and then on the return, find the gold that has to be given away.  I can always use the lawsuit in another tale. 0:)

and then on to the little question of how I can make it last long enough.  In a fairy tale, no one calculates time closely enough to tell whether the hero's wife really could have given birth just as he returned.  At most, it declares, "Speedily a tale is spun; with less speed a deed is done," to indicate it takes a while.  sigh
Tags: fairy tales (retelling), idea development, story time, world-building: creatures
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