Talk Tuesdays: Salem Witch Trials

So Blogtober didn’t go as I wanted it to. I got overwhelmed, since doing this was last minute, and didn’t realize that a whole month of content being thrown up daily, would take so much out of me, then to turn around and get hit with a flu turned cold didn’t help me this last just over a week. I’m not trying to excuse myself, but am expressing what’s been going on (and sharing it with you guys), and now I know how to approach a challenge like this in the future!

Anyway, why don’t we get on topic right?! Today I want to talk about the Salem Witch Trials, because what’s the Halloween spirit without witches?

We all know the general history of the Salem Witch Trials. It was a just over 1 year series of trials, where more than 200 people were accused of witchcraft, and about 20 getting hung for it. Read the History Channel’s article on this here. Not into reading? Watch Hailey Reese’s video here.

Now, are you interested in places to go, in a dream trip (or if you’re actually going to anywhere in New England)? Well here ya go darlin’:

The House of 7 Gables, they have tours (family, October only performances, general events, and varying hours. (what’s left of 2018, through the end of June 2019).

Of course, the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, because what’s this list without the Memorial?! Here’s a calendar for you.

Looking for the Museum? Here ya go. You can do a self guided tour and learn on your own, or go as a group.

Don’t be afraid to just even visit the town itself! It looks like a gorgeous town (I kind of like the colonial look myself).

If you’ve been to the Salem area (or are soon going), where did you go, what tours did you do, and how did you like it? I’d love to know, and I’m sure I’m not the only one!

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Settle In Saturday: Adult Twists on Kids’ Stories

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This will be a journey, let me tell you! We’ll go on this together, right?!

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To break any ice, I have this to offer. It’s a post about books that look like they’d be for kids, but aren’t.

Now that we’ve cleared any awkwardness that might have been, let’s dive into some classics! Memory lane…and if you haven’t read any of these:

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Let’s start with a classic: Beauty and the Beast

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Taken from The Culture Trip, Beauty and the Beast (1991, 2017):

In the original, Belle is the daughter of a bankrupt merchant, as opposed to an eccentric inventor, the silverware in the Beast’s impressive castle neither sings nor dances and, most importantly, it is the machinations of Belle’s two wicked sisters that result in the Beast’s demise, and not the comically villainous Gaston, who is merely a Disney embellishment. Furthermore, though de Beaumont’s narrative does end happily, with Belle’s love breaking the curse placed on the Beast, many versions deny this happy ending for the ill-fated couple, instead choosing to close the story with Belle grieving over the Beast’s prone form.

To continue on some of the depth from the original, from HuffPo:

Then, the merchant receives a welcome surprise: One of his ships, thought to be lost at sea, has come safely to harbor with its full cargo. His children think their fortune will surely be restored. When he sets out for the city to deal with his freight, he takes with him requests from his sons and daughters for expensive clothes and other gifts. Only Beauty is hesitant to ask for a gift, and finally asks that he bring her a single red rose. 

Continuing, from HuffPo:

Like so many fairy tales, “Beauty and the Beasthas evolved considerably during its journey from oral tradition to the page to the screen. Moreover, there is not only one literary version ― but dozens. Today, Disney-fied fairy tales are most familiar to the masses in their animated forms; the originals, when revisited, can seem comparatively brutal and dark.

Unlike Disney’s “Cinderella” and “Snow White,” however, “Beauty and the Beast” hardly sugarcoats the violence of the original. It’s literally a romance between a captive woman and the monster she at first believes might physically attack her.

Going back to The Culture Trip source:

Furthermore, though de Beaumont’s narrative does end happily, with Belle’s love breaking the curse placed on the Beast, many versions deny this happy ending for the ill-fated couple, instead choosing to close the story with Belle grieving over the Beast’s prone form.

Reading into Belle’s story, it sounds like the flip from the story we see of Cinderella. Sure, the modern tale has Belle as an only child (so there’s that “new” flip), but Belle in the original story had siblings, and instead of being the “red-headed step child” sort of character, she’s the gifted, beautiful one.

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Now let’s go onto Red Riding Hood (2011, 2014 children’s twist, 1983 reprint):

Going back to my The Culture Trip source/inspo for this post:

 One version hints at the wolf and the grandmother being one and the same person, another hints at Red Riding Hood ‘graciously’ allowing the wolf to eat her grandmother before she kills the wolf, so as to be able to seize her grandmother’s property.

Keep in mind this:

it is difficult to work out which is the ‘earliest’ version. Though the most expurgated versions simply use the wolf as an allegory to warn against talking to strangers, several darker accounts reveal a violent and destructive layer beneath the initial veneer.

If you don’t think the “generic”/kid version is weird enough, when you think about it, consider this plot twist from Ranker.com:

Little Red Riding Hood’s full story is pretty dark. Unlike the modern version, where a naive and trusting girl who can’t tell the difference between a wolf and her grandmother escapes in the end, in most older versions, Red is eaten alive. And that’s only the beginning of the horrible things that happen in “Little Red Riding Hood.”

Also, look at this snipet:

The versions circulating in 17th-century France, when Charles Perrault first wrote down the story in his collection called Mother Goose Tales, featured a cannibalistic granddaughter and a pedophile wolf who tells Red to strip down before she climbs in his bed. No wonder the fairy tale was changed – it’s for children, after all!

The history is intense, and changes so much over time. I learned so much, just from this one article alone! I never found interest in most “kid” versions of these fairy tales, when I was a kid. Yes, I was that weirdo…it made me into the interesting adult that I am today though! I never even cared for Red Riding Hood either. But now I’m kind of intrigued! I may add some audio books or threads on her, in the future.

Look here, at some darker things, about the twist of Red Riding Hood being about coming of age:

Psychoanalyst Erich Fromm claimed that the red hood was a symbol of menstruation, turning the tale into a morality lesson for young girls who might “stray from the path,” putting their honor at risk. The wolf, in Fromm’s version, becomes a seducer of young girls.

Sin is also a possibility, as a tale from this story:

Red was a color associated with sin when Perrault first wrote the fairy tale in the 1690s. And many folklorists point out that the red color was often a symbol that a girl had come of age, linking it to menstruation. When the wolf tricks Little Red Riding Hood and eats her up, the message is clear: beware of predators who want to take advantage of young girls. And there’s a twisted part of the earliest French versions that really drives the point home.

I’m keeping this one simple, as there’s so much just in this source I found. I feel like I’d just copy and paste everything from them, and that’s not right.

Now, I’m going to dive into my FAVORITE kids story now. I don’t know why I went to this story, and I don’t know why I did it out of nowhere, when I tried out the Audiable subscription (if anyone can help me find the “get 2 credits a month” subscription, I would love you forever…I just need the link…it’s not the $15/a month one…)

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LET ME TELL YOU ALL ABOUT ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Like I said, I don’t know why I, as an adult, became recently interested/obsessed with Alice in Wonderland, but here I am.

So Alice in Wonderland (2010, 2016 twist, Alice through the Looking Glass, Alice [Which is what made me fall down the rabbit hole]) is my jam. I’m currently listening to the next book after Alice, which will be finished shortly, let’s be real.

Did you know that there’s an actual syndrome? I HAD to ask my dad about it…I’ll update with what he had to say.

Anyway, back to what we need to get to: the mature version of this story. Here’s what the BBC has to say:

With the waning of Victorian prudery and the birth of psychoanalytical theory, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandseemed a good deal less innocent

The book began life humbly, as entertainment for 10-year-old Alice Liddell and her sisters as they boated on the Thames with one Charles Dodgson. It proved such a hit that Alice persuaded Dodgson to transcribe it, which he duly did – using the nom de plume Lewis Carroll. Alice was the daughter of the dean of Christ Church, the Oxford college where Dodgson taught mathematics, and she wasn’t the only young girl he befriended.

With the waning of Victorian prudery and the birth of psychoanalytical theory, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland seemed a good deal less innocent. Re-examining the text, critics found plenty of gynaecological imagery, from the rabbit hole itself to the curtain that she must push aside

Continuing, the BBC article says:

Far out

More nuanced readings have viewed Alice’s journey as being less about sex per se and more about a girl’s progress through childhood and puberty into adulthood. Our heroine feels uncomfortable in her body, which undergoes a series of extreme changes; her sense of her self becomes destabilised, leaving her uncertain of her own identity; she butts heads with authority and strives to understand seemingly arbitrary rules, the games that people around her play, and even death.

Do you think it might be about drugs and getting high? Think about this:

There is no concrete evidence that Carroll ever experimented with mind-altering drugs

Famed literary scholar William Empson got especially carried away, declaring that Alice is “a father in getting down the hole, a foetus at the bottom, and can only be born by becoming a mother and producing her own amniotic fluid”.

That’s all just from one article. I know, it’s bad to do so much from one artice, but this one provides so much thought. And yes, I’m going deeper with Alice, as I have an enjoyment favor towards her, but this is a decent article. I pulled maybe 12-15% of what the article shared.

Take a look at this piece from Diply:

Point 4 states this

It has been documented that Dodgson didn’t view Queen Victoria favorably. The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland is obviously bombastic and somewhat evil.

Yet, the Queen found this book amusing…so what did she see, and I have to question all of it.

What are some of your childhood favorites? Do you have kids? What are their favorites? Do you know the twists or origins to your childhood favorites?

History of Halloween (2 Part Series)

So this will be part one of our series on the history of Halloween. This week/post will focus more on the non-religious side of things. Or more so on the non-Christian/Catholic side of things.

For starters, it’s a Celtic Holiday, something you wouldn’t expect. Leave it to us drunks to create a holiday, right?! Why would you let us do that?! (I’m expecting my DNA results any week/day now from ancestry.com…my grandma graciously paid for it to happen. Don’t think I became suddenly rich all of a sudden now haha. But truly I truly thank my grandparents for this experience. I’ll definitely double post when I get the updates on it!) (UPDATE: 74% European/Northern Wales and 26% Scottish/Irish…no surprise there)

According to History.com, Halloween was started to ward off ghosts at the end of summer. Then with All Saints Day becoming a thing (November 1st), it was called Hallow’s Eve on October 31st.

Why ward off ghosts though? Well, if we look back to the origins, it’s the start of the cold weather, and being in the farther north (Scotland, northern Europe, those places), not everyone made it through the winter. Between that and the fact that they thought that ghosts, or those who have passed on, would want to mess with the crops, the people would try to ward them off by sacrifice and by making large fires.

I’ll share the religious take over of this holiday in a couple weeks, so I’ll leave that part out for now.

Unfortunately most of the interesting part of the history of Halloween is the switch over to the religious end of things.

What do you do for Halloween? Do you do anything special for All Saints Day or All Souls Day?

 

True Horror Tuesdays: Series Starter

The true debate in my mind right now: How do I start this series? I have 5 days of this, which means 5 different posts. I may do a couple stories in a post, and I may just do one…you won’t know until that post comes out.

Fair warning: I have no plans for making this a PG series, and no guarantee that the story(ies) will be PG each week.

Let’s get into this week’s story, shall we?

To start, I’m taking some scary stories from the r/nosleep in regards to the deep web. So grab your popcorn, blankie, and make sure you have a night light on!

DO NOT GO TO THE DEEP WEB, I’M BEGGING YOU
THESE STORIES WILL TELL YOU WHY

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Blogtober: GYST The Month/Quarter With Me

Queue the music list (half emo/punk bands because what’s Halloween?!)(Yes, I’m vibing the old school punk bands, don’t hate. There’s like 2 I like of the modern era):

Uptown Funk
Hey Look Ma I Made It
Dancing’s not a crime
Wrong Side of Heaven
I’m Not Okay (yes, a dead band, IDC hate me) (tell me you didn’t have an emo phase…)
This is Halloween (Movie Edition)
This is Halloween (Marilyn Manson version)

Is fall not the season of the punk rock and non mainstream bands? If you say otherwise, please pause here and exit everything in life.

Queue the general look of Blogtober:

Queue the Gyst to get there:

Starting now…this is what I want to for ya’ll. This is my first Blogtober, let alone blog holiday season. We’re going for a good start, because why not?!

Day one starts here, with a plan with me for the next 30 days (this is day one of 31). Next year, I hope to improve with what shows through views and comments on these next 31 days (including today). I overall hope to improve as a person, as a writer, and as a content creator.

I’m working on doing the cliche 31 days of Blogtober/Days of Halloween/October. Since I’m new around the block, I want to do the (I don’t feel guilty) pleasure of doing 31 of Halloween. I can’t wait.

I won’t share everything, since you’ll get bored right away if I told you what I was doing.
But I will share some of it. I have Blogtober for Halloween, Blogsgiving for Thanksgiving in the US, and some events for Christmas, but it’ll be a proper event to say the least. I don’t want to give away everything here!

Here’s the next week though, to get hyped about:
Today: Plan with me
Tomorrow: Start of the Tuesday True Horror Stories series, lasting the whole month, on Tuesdays.
Wednesday: History of Halloween, a 2 part Series.
Thursday: 31  Movies for Halloween. To watch on weekends, for your family, or in general, throughout the month.
Foodie FriYAY: go to snacks for parties of the month/season of Halloween/Day of the Dead
Settle Down Saturday: Kid’s seasonal books with an adult twist (for us adult readers who are readers to our kids but don’t want to feel stuck in the PG world)
Sunday: Common Haunted Places in the US/Canada

Queue Ho Hey

You just saw the first weeks’ worth of posts. As you see this, I’m already past this current week. It takes a lot, and I’m a noob around here. So good and easy vibes are needed. As I’m writing this, I took a long weekend, and it turned into a much needed long impromptu sleep weekend. Babe and I had a planned day, which turned into something different, but we got to sleep.

We got to sleep.

We went out the one day, but we slept. We got to sleep. We did sleep. We planned other things, together and with others, but we slept and did our own thing. Did I say that we got to sleep?!

Queue Pompeii

Goals for the last of 2018:
-Get back on reading track
-Blogtober
-Thankgiving Blog posts
-12 Days of Christmas Posts
-Year End Review
-At least 1 book review
-At least 1 product review
-Make a dent in personal goals, especially house goals
-Make a dent in Savings goals for 24/life goals

What I want out of the last of 2018:

Sanity. I want sanity. Kidding…but am I?!

I wouldn’t mind sanity at this point in my life, let’s be real. Truly I want to make better reality, and sanity, That’s half of my 24 year old goals to be honest.

I have so much planned for this month. More so for this blog, than anything, but I need it.

…Ready For It

We got 30 more days together darling, and I can’t wait! We got 5 #TrueHorrorTuedsdays together, a 6 part #hauntedplaces series, of common and uncommon places of the US, UK, and elsewhere, plus some mini series like food and costume.

Obviously Tuesdays are dedicated to Horror, during this October. I’ll share 5 stories of that, a 6 part Haunted place series, a 2 part of the history of Halloween, a weekend Costume series to prep for Halloween and parties closer to Halloween. a makeup reference (it won’t be me….I suck at make-up-ing).

I shouldn’t share too much more, because what is Halloween without a little surprise and spooky?

So since it’s finally October, what’s your favorite part of this time of year?