- Humpty Dumpty. Influenced by the Acrobatic Society who told him it was perfectly feasible for an egg to balance on a wall and stay balanced.
- Rapunzel. Clearly must have been influenced by all the shampoo and glowing hair adverts to get her hair into that condition. (Personally, I love the Shrek film where that glorious hair is shown up as a wig!).
- Sleeping Beauty. Influenced by the Spinning Wheels are Harmless Brigade. Couldn't have been more wrong.
- The Snow Queen. Clearly convinced by the "treat them mean, keep them keen" school of thought.
- The Ugly Duckling. Was not convinced by the beauty is in the eyes of the beholder argument but more a case of "well you've got to make the best of it, haven't you?" school. Was pleasantly surprised to discover his true identity. Someone has yet to tell him what damage a swan can do when annoyed. When he does find out, he'll go after all those who mocked him for being ugly when he was younger! Well, you just would, wouldn't you?
Who are your characters influenced by (for good or evil)? Do any of your characters break away from that influence? If so, how do they do it and what is the outcome? There's potential for several novels with that underlying theme! But on a lighter note, here are some of my favourite fairytale and other characters and who I think they were influenced by in their younger years.
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.