We all have characters we love. Let's spotlight these fantastic creations! Whether you want to be friends with them or you have a full-blown crush on them, you know you love them and want everyone else to love them too!Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale is a fantastic book that I just loved. It's based on a little-known fairy tale called "Maid Maleen." In that story, Maleen's father locks her away in a tower for seven years, with only her lady's maid for company, because she's been disobedient.
Most of you will probably post about how much you love each character, but this is a great place for the more creative ones among you to let go and have fun! Write a love letter to Captain Wentworth. Write yourself into a scene with Anne and Diana. Draw a picture of yourself in Jamie's arms. The possibilities are endless.
Be sure to post the book's title and author, and be very careful not to give away spoilers while talking about how much you love your characters.
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So what would it be like to be that maid? Enter Dashti.
Dashti is a simple girl whose streak of misfortune lands her into service with disobedient Lady Saren on the very day she's locked away in a tower. With her simple needs, Dashti isn't too unhappy at first. She's warm and she's fed. That's more than she could say about her life previously. Lady Saren is a wimp though. She just isn't the kind of girl that fairy tale heroines are made of. But every fairy tale needs a heroine, so....
Things change later on in the book and that's where Dashti really starts to come into her own. Underneath the subservient peasant exterior is an intelligent, brave, self-sacrificing, loyal woman. She would lay down her life for Saren, but she realizes that Saren is just a girl, not any kind of minor goddess. She sees that there really isn't any difference between the aristocracy and the peasants. In fact, the peasants might actually be better people because they have to work hard for what they have, while the lords and ladies have everything handed to them. Can you imagine what a shift in her worldview that is? She grows and thinks and observes and becomes a fairy tale heroine in her own right.
This post was written as part of Once Upon a Week, a celebration of retold fairy tales, hosted by Today's Adventure.
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