Apparently it’s already time to start thinking about the end of semester project for Mythology and Folklore. Not that I’m complaining – this looks like it’s going to be a ton of fun! So these are my ideas and you might notice a theme; apparently I’m really interesting in the ladies left in the shadows. But now I get to give them a chance at the spotlight!
One idea I’ve had for a project is to write about some of the awesome ladies in Greek Mythology and give them voices. Like letting Helen of Troy tell her own story, or giving Pandora a chance to explain why she opened the box. I think it would be really cool to take some of the one-dimensional characters from different myths and rounding them out with real personalities and plausible motives. The ones I’ve been thinking about – besides those already mentioned – are Atlanta, Ariadne, Psyche, and Thetis.
- Fairy Tales: Damsels in Distress
Similar to the first idea, I’d like to take some of the traditional fairy tale damsels in distress and give them a dose of 21st century “I am my own independent woman.” I don’t want to get rid of the men in the stories, but I’d like to turn them into supporting characters and let the ladies be their own heroes. I think the ladies in Cinderella, Bluebeard, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty could all really benefit from this. Maybe also Beauty and the Beast, if only because it’s my favorite and I think I’d like writing about it. Besides is the original story Belle is very brave, but she doesn’t really try to take control of the situation.
- Forgotten Women in “History”
I also think it would be cool to take some ladies in different myths who were left on the sidelines and either retell their stories from their point of view, or re-imagine the stories with the women as the heroes. I would like to show how much an impact some of the ladies in different myths could have if they were allowed to take a more active role. Specifically, I’d like to work with Maid Marian, Elena de la Vega (the Legend of Zorro), Guinevere and/or he Lady of the Lake, and actually Hua Mulan, but I would change that one in a slightly different way.
This idea might be a bit of a stretch, but I think it could be interesting. A few years ago I stumbled across a website called Rejected Princesses. The website is full of stories about “women too awesome, awful, or offbeat for children’s movies.” I’d love to take some inspiration from this website. There are currently 29 entries based on different Myths from around the world, and the author includes citations for every story that would be really helpful if I decided to rewrite them. There are some really awesome women on there too! Sita, Amaridevi, and Banu Goshap are just a few that have caught my eye.
Note: A lot of these links are to Wikipedia articles. Once I pick a project I’ll use that as a basis for further research, but for now I just needed a cursory overview of each of my ideas.
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