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to notice that Edmund's arc in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is an in some ways perfectly straightforward retelling of Kay's arc in 'The Snow Queen'. In other ways not so straightforward, and Gerda doesn't come into it at all, because Aslan, but the beginning and middle of the fairytale are spot-on.

Date: 2017-04-21 02:02 am (UTC)
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Yes, and yet the underlying ideas that the authors have about gender roles and puberty and how it corrupts/changes people are rather different.

Date: 2017-04-21 02:13 am (UTC)
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Like, I want to see Kay's coldness, scorn for childish things, and inability to see beauty, as the gender-flipped mirror of Susan's obsession with "lipstick and nylons". But I think I may be filtering this through modern retellings (eg Kara Dalkey's "The Lady of the Ice Garden").

Date: 2017-04-21 02:23 am (UTC)
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Also Charles Wallace Murry in Wrinkle in Time feels like a similar arc. Like Kay he starts out and ends sickeningly sweet, and like Edmund his weakness is his intellectual hubris. And Meg, of course, is his Gerda.

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