When We Wake is, among other things, a Sleeping Beauty story, an archetype with a long and not always honourable cultural history.
In this series of essays, released monthly as I approach the launch dates for When We Wake, I talk about some of the many different Sleeping Beauties, and what influence they had upon the writing of my own version.
Brynhildr, Talia, and Perrault’s unnamed heroine get their turn under the spotlight in this examination of the tale’s European origins. WARNING: Apparently rape is romantic?
I take a look at the Grimm Brothers and the Tchaikovsky ballet, as the story began to settle into its archetype.
Surprisingly gender progressive! Also, go Maleficent.
Sheri S. Tepper’s Beauty, and the problems of predicting what might come to pass.