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[personal profile] emberleo
What are your favorite folktales with female protagonists?

I'll accept anything with unknown author as "Folktale" whether it's a parable, a legend, a saga, a fairytale, or whatever.

I guess I don't mind knowing about works with known authors too provided you cite the author's name for reference.

But I'm really looking for the kinds of patterns that primarily manifest when a story has gotten told and retold and reshaped and retold over time, rather than a single person's idea of a good story, however grounded in tradition it may be.


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Date: 2013-04-23 02:22 pm (UTC)
elf: Leetah & Nightfall in the woods (Femslash)
From: [personal profile] elf
Do you want "favorite" or "any you know of?" I've never liked the story of Bluebeard, but it's got a female protagonist. I did like
Secrets by [archiveofourown.org profile] mistykasumi. Short, 486 words.
Summary: He has many secrets, and even though you will uncover one of his secrets, you'll never discover the right one. A retelling of Bluebeard.

I liked Snow White & Rose Red, who made friends with the bear, more than the Snow White story with the trip to grandma's and the wolf. (*Sits on hands; does not dig out a cluster of excellent Snow White fanfics.*)

Diamonds and Toads was one I liked.

I've never actually read The Goose Girl, but I found both the Grimm version and another version, so maybe there's things worth comparing there.

The Fairy's Midwife is one we use in Feri; The Midwife of Listowel is another variant, and there's a very short version (with Welsh translation) at The Llanuwchllyn Version of the Fairy Mother and the Human Midwife.

Two Watership Down stories with folktales built in: Bright Moon, Who Goes Farther Still by hossgal and The Story of Marli-Hrair and the Black Rabbit of Inle by [archiveofourown.org profile] Edonohana. Not what you're looking for, but maybe after you track down patterns, you can see if they show up in new stories.

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Date: 2013-04-23 04:54 pm (UTC)
lferion: (HL_Rebecca)
From: [personal profile] lferion
I have always been fond of Donkeyskin - the folk/fairy-tale version with the dresses and the trunk that travels underground. Largely because of the dresses, and because the princess has gumption.

Tam-Lin, in a myriad of tellings - Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip, the ballad, etc.

Then there is Ursula K LeGuin's The Tombs of Atuan, which certainly had a formative influence on me, and for sheer word-wonder, just about everything Patricia Mckillip has written, particularly Ombria in Shadow and Song for the Basilisk.

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Date: 2013-04-23 10:38 pm (UTC)
lferion: (Create_Westria)
From: [personal profile] lferion
Here's a link to a bare-bones telling: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/perrault11.html It was written/collected by Perrault.

Janet is certainly steadfast in Tamlin, tricky depends on the tale.

Other ones I've thought of: Princess and the Frog -- the one where she takes the frog back to the palace because she promised she would, after he rescues the thing she dropped in the pond.

Beauty and the Beast

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Date: 2013-04-23 11:45 pm (UTC)
lferion: (Create_Westria)
From: [personal profile] lferion
Child apparently collected some dozen or more versions of Tam Lin, and the Thomas the Rhymer story is related to it as well, and at least 200 years older (1300s rather than 1500s). Children/people stolen by fairies goes way back. I don't have resources to hand to give any details or references other than wikipedia though.

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Date: 2013-04-24 01:51 pm (UTC)
jensurvivor: One for Jen (Default)
From: [personal profile] jensurvivor
What is this for?

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Date: 2013-04-24 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] yallya
I always loved the little robber girl, in the snow queen. I was amazed, when I reread it, to see that she only has a few lines. She seems such a full-fledged character.

In my mind, she is the hero :).

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Date: 2013-05-07 12:17 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bearfairie
East of the Sun and West of the Moon is one of my favorites ever with a strong female protagonist (it's an older version of Beauty & The Beast, where Beauty is way way way more kick-ass). I have a very intense retelling of the Donkeyskin story by Robin McKinnley called Deerskin. It's a great book but trigger-y subject matter http://www.amazon.com/Deerskin-Robin-McKinley/dp/044100069X

'Course some of the classics have their charm too - Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Thumbelina, The Princess and the Frog, lots of others... each is challenging in its own way but there's value from each to be gleaned for sure.


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