Category Archives: • Fairytales

The Moon Princess

Today I decided to write a fairytale that’s been on my mind for a while.

Fragments of this tale are from a story I heard as a child, and have stayed with me for many years. However, as much as I tried I could not find the original story, nor could I remember how the bulk of it went. All that remained in my memory was the impression the moon princess made on me, more a fleeting feeling than anything else.

So I decided to try and re-tell it with a new story.

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I’ve been translating fairytales lately.

Some went well, others not so much – when I choose stories to translate, I don’t always take into account how well they work in another language, or, as was the case here, in another cultural environment.

It’s a learning curve, but I’m having fun 🙂

The language you choose…

…determines the result of your story.

I’m currently translating fairytales, and I found that they have a very unique rhythm.

Just take the beginning and ending of a typical fairytale. It always starts with “Once upon a time…” and more often than not ends with “…and they lived happily ever after”.

Why doesn’t it say “A long time ago…” and “…then they got married, the end.”

Because then it wouldn’t be a traditional fairytale format, that’s why.

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