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Fairy tales/myths with female protagonists

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plotmissinginaction Mon 02-Oct-17 20:57:44

I'm on the hunt for a fairy story or myth with a strong female protagonist. It needs to have good imagery. I like the morrigan but I can't find a story about her I like. Thinking about Tam Lin. I'm not home at the moment so it's some what restricting my ability to look.

haba Mon 02-Oct-17 21:01:14

Little red riding hood
Snow White
Most of them have central female role

KeiraTwiceKnightley Mon 02-Oct-17 21:02:26

If you don't mind complex language and adult ideas, The Bloody Chamber (Angela Carter) is terrific.

KeiraTwiceKnightley Mon 02-Oct-17 21:03:17

If it is for children, The paperbag Princess is fab

StoatInACoat Mon 02-Oct-17 21:04:13

Ronia the Robber's Daughter (the Astrid Lindgren book version not the film or series!)

parkednearby Mon 02-Oct-17 21:06:28

The Red Shoes.

tabulahrasa Mon 02-Oct-17 21:18:42

The six swans

Katie Crackernuts

Molly Whuppie

Ereshkigal Mon 02-Oct-17 21:20:48

Oh yes second Angela Carter but many very dark!

BroomstickOfLove Mon 02-Oct-17 21:24:46

The Twelve Wild Swans.
The Robber Bridegroom.

QuentinSummers Mon 02-Oct-17 21:25:44

Hansel and Gretel

QuentinSummers Mon 02-Oct-17 21:27:19

Diana the Roman Goddess

feartyfeet Mon 02-Oct-17 21:27:30

Girls, goddesses & giants: stories of heroines from around the world. Lari Don

LineysRun Mon 02-Oct-17 21:27:35


plotmissinginaction Mon 02-Oct-17 21:27:56

Not for kids no, it's for a workshop I'm going to. I'm not in the country though so finding it hard to search. Dark is good with me! I'll check out Angela Carter.

QuentinSummers Mon 02-Oct-17 21:28:23


Unicornsandrainbows3 Mon 02-Oct-17 21:28:26

Baba yaga

QuentinSummers Mon 02-Oct-17 21:29:05

Macbeths witches
I will stop in a minute grin

tabulahrasa Mon 02-Oct-17 21:32:45

Angela carter's great...but they're reworkings, not fairy tales. So it depends what you want them for.

marmeemarch1 Mon 02-Oct-17 21:33:21

The website mighty girl has lots of recommendations that might be useful

plotmissinginaction Mon 02-Oct-17 21:45:59

Something like Antigone would be great, I just need it to be a little less well known. I found a strange one about a girl who refuses to marry and her father throws her into the sea to drown, when she tries to climb back her dad cuts her fingers off, her fingers become seals
and she becomes a sea godess. I quite like that although it's a little short.

MulhuddartDrive Mon 02-Oct-17 21:50:14

Neil gaiman has a wonderful book, the sleeper and the spindle. Snow white goes to rescue sleeping beauty.

OutrageousFlavourLikeFreesias Mon 02-Oct-17 21:53:01

Some of the Baba Yaga stories are amazing. She’s an old woman who lives in a house on chicken legs and can do magic. Sometimes she helps and sometimes she hinders, and sometimes I think she’s a cannibal.

LassWiTheDelicateAir Mon 02-Oct-17 22:16:03

The Red Shoes

The little girl who is punished for the vanity of choosing red shoes by being forced to dance until the executioner cuts her feet off with an axe?

The Lassie in East of the Sun , West of the Moon - Nordic version of Cupid and Psyche/ Beauty and the Beast.

I second The Sleeper and the Spindle Chris Riddell's illustrations are beautiful.

All of the female characters in The Snow Queen -Gerda, the Robber Girl, the Princess, the Wise Women and the Snow Queen (interestingly the Snow Queen isn't punished and remains a queen)

LineysRun Mon 02-Oct-17 22:21:43

If Antigone is too well known there's always Clio, or perhaps Io, or Dido, or even Xantalia, if you are prepared to reinterpret them through your own lens.

Ereshkigal Mon 02-Oct-17 22:55:18

And look up the myth associated with my username!

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