Storytime Fridays: We Have a Winner! (Also, Don Bluth Stuff)
Alright! Last week I put up the potential new folktales to write up for Storytime Fridays. Nobody voted here on the blog, but two people commented on Facebook with their votes. Sadly it was a tie with one vote for “The Widow’s Son” and one vote for “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”. So it’s up to me to decide between the two. I’ve thought about it and made my choice. Starting next Friday there will be weekly installments of (drumroll please)….“East of the Sun and West of the Moon”!
They’re both good stories but I really do want to write “East of the Sun” for my children’s book project. Ever since I heard its name I’ve wanted to do something with it, and it is a good solid story with conflict, rising action, climax, and resolution. Do you know how hard that is to get in a folktale? Surprisingly hard. Most are based on jokes, slapstick humor, or explaining odd local events like how a giant rock ended up next to the church (a giant threw it at the church because he hated the sound of the church bells but he missed, just in case you were wondering). A great deal of them are also gory, violent, and macabre which doesn’t suit them very well to a children’s story. Some of them are almost incomprehensible without having specific cultural knowledge of the time and place the story was written in. So let me tell you, “East of the Sun” is a gem.
But since “The Widow’s Son” got half the vote I’ll do it after this one. See you next week for the start of the story!
By the way, interesting bit of history; Don Bluth, the animation genius behind The Secret of NIMH, The Land Before Time, An American Tale, and many others originally planned on making an animated film out of “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”. Only in his version it all took place in the year 2500 AD in outer space. You can’t make this stuff up. They got seven months into production too, but an animators strike in the 80s led to its cancellation. I managed to dredge up some concept art for it to help whet your appetite. Just take note that the original tale was not in space, and mine won’t be either.