I love a fairytale retelling, and thanks to my family, I have another avenue to enjoy them in. K-dramas! The first one I watched, which is how I learned to love Korean media translations of fairytales and folktales, was by watching Cinderella and Four Knights. Eun Ha Won, played by Park So Dam, is the typical Cinderella with an evil stepmother and sister. But that is where the best twist to the tale occurs, she is not waiting to be saved by a knight in shining armour, Eun Ha Won is saving up to go to college and follow her mother’s dream to become a teacher.
“She was a cyborg, and she would never go to a ball.” Marissa Meyer, Cinder
Rather than being the first child of her deceased father, he adopted Cinder under mysterious circumstances. Upon her father’s death, her stepmother uses her as labour to provide income for the family. Unlike the original story where she maintains the house, this time Cinder(ella) is a mechanic, and a great one. It helps that she is part cyborg, so mechanical parts are natural to her nature.
The island started out as “Auia”, which I have researched and am unsuccessful in finding a translation, was shared by the Karankawa and Akokisa tribes. From 1529 on, travellers were shipwrecked, chose to as a base to attack neighbouring states and countries, or for leisure. They filled the history with layers of Native American, Spanish, French, Piracy, organized crime, and developed as a cotton exportation powerhouse. It was an important place for trade, imports, and exports at the base of the Mississippi River. All the visitors, settlers, and was the primary point of European immigration, which made it a diverse place.
“You Shall Not Pass!”
While I read the books well before watching the movies, I will forever remember Gandalf and his fight with the Balrog. Slamming his twisted, power-filled staff into the rocks, holding back the Balrog, then Gandalf pulled into the abyss. It sends shivers down my spine. But today, today I am reminiscing about a quiet hobbit pulled by his everyday life into the Fellowship of the Ring.
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Hi, I’m Angela. I love reading and exploring new places, which works out well as my family continues to move around the world. I prefer cuddling up with a fantasy, science fiction, or mystery adventure, or any mashup of them. My debut novel, Veiled Shadows, is the first instalment in the River Run Series.
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