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« Reply #30: September 18, 2007, 12:52:17 pm »

It depends on the version; there are several here:

Heh.  How did I know you'd know?  Smiley  Thanks--I'd totally forgotten the 100 years part (obviously).
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« Reply #31: September 18, 2007, 12:57:26 pm »

Heh.  How did I know you'd know?  Smiley  Thanks--I'd totally forgotten the 100 years part (obviously).

 Cheesy  Well, Disney replaces the 100 years bit with "true love's kiss," so they can have Philip, the guy Aurora loves before she falls asleep, do the waking.
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« Reply #32: September 18, 2007, 02:35:09 pm »

It depends on the version; there are several here:

http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0410.html


Hey, thanks. It sounds like you're a fairy-tale expert
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« Reply #33: September 18, 2007, 03:47:15 pm »

Hey, thanks. It sounds like you're a fairy-tale expert

If I remember right, Catja just graduated with a degree in folk studies...

Catja? Please correct me if I'm wrong.  Smiley
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« Reply #34: September 19, 2007, 01:37:35 am »

Hey, thanks. It sounds like you're a fairy-tale expert

 Cheesy  I have an MA in folklore; my specialty was fairy tales.  I also have a Ph.D. in children's lit and folklore.   But if you want a major expert, check out the link; Ashliman is a major figure in the field, and his site is an *amazing* resource -- there are texts to thousands of fairy tales, all organized by tale type (plotline). 
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« Reply #35: September 19, 2007, 03:28:14 am »

Do you remember exactly how that curse worked/was worded?

As far as I remember, it was that on her 16th birthday she would prick her finger on a spindle and die. My favorite variations are: in one novel the king and queen immediately order their kingdom to use blunt-ended spindles; in Dealing With Dragons the wicked fairy has such a good time at the christening that she forgets to lay the curse; and in The Fairy Godmother, a newbie Wicked Fairy lays a curse of tangled hair, which the apprentice fairy godmother must counter.

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And what's The Curse of Chalion?

From the novel of the same name. It's not a spoken curse, though; it's the result of the King of Chalion using magic to kill an invading king who just happens to be god-touched. So now, anything the royal family touches crumbles. The counter is the interesting part: the curse can be broken by "a man who would lay down his life three times for the realm of Chalion." An unusual set of conditions, I must say.  Wink
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« Reply #36: September 20, 2007, 08:06:02 am »

Cheesy  I have an MA in folklore; my specialty was fairy tales.  I also have a Ph.D. in children's lit and folklore.   But if you want a major expert, check out the link; Ashliman is a major figure in the field, and his site is an *amazing* resource -- there are texts to thousands of fairy tales, all organized by tale type (plotline). 

Ah! You have reawakened the fairy tale geek in me! Off to the site!
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« Reply #37: September 20, 2007, 11:42:22 am »

(Which reminds me--departing momentarily from fiction--of the Curse of the Bambino on the Boston Red Sox, which was only broken on the night of a total lunar eclipse.)

That was mostly fictional, but a great moneymaker for #@$%^ Shaugnessy (Globe sports columnist).
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« Reply #38: September 20, 2007, 02:27:19 pm »

That was mostly fictional, but a great moneymaker for #@$%^ Shaugnessy (Globe sports columnist).

I was briefly infamous for my efforts to persuade people that believing in Shaghnessy caused "curse" effects, by principles of basic sympathetic magic.  (Keep believing you're doomed and ....)

Yes, I was at game 4 of the ALCS in 2004, wearing my Red Sox Fans Anti-Angst Initiative t-shirt.
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« Reply #39: September 24, 2007, 07:46:13 pm »

I was briefly infamous for my efforts to persuade people that believing in Shaghnessy caused "curse" effects, by principles of basic sympathetic magic.  (Keep believing you're doomed and ....)

I'd believe that.  Really, FOX Sports could have been perpetuating it singlehandedly.  Tongue

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Also, for those who don't follow the Sox, there were several humorous attempts to break the "curse":

Attempts to Break the Curse (Wikipedia)

Taking teeth out of curse? (Boston Globe)
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« Reply #40: September 25, 2007, 12:11:01 am »

Lucky!

Honestly, by about 1am I was all, "C'mon, please win it before I freeze to death, guys ...." Wink

S'cold after midnight in Fenway in October!
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« Reply #41: March 24, 2011, 04:31:16 am »

Werewolf's curse (used in many) with my personal favorite adaptation in Van Helsing
Vampire's Curse, with again my favorite adaptation in Van Helsing

the non-literal curse of The Hulk (and all related literatures)

"The Power", which is a blessing and a curse, from the movie "The Covenant"(2006) in which the more the power is used, the more it degrades the body.

The amazing gift/curse given to the protagonists of the entire "The Crow" series.


The hilarious and unfortunate curse from the series "Supernatural" of the Rabbit's foot curse, where the holder is lucky until the foot leaves his/her possession, where then they are cursed to die very very quickly and painfully.

The somewhat unpopular belief of Purgatory, where a soul is trapped between realms, never resting, cursed to wander alone for eternity

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« Reply #42: March 24, 2011, 11:09:28 am »


...In what other famous works (books, movies, art, opera, whatever) do curses figure prominently?

  The curse of the Lamia, from Drag Me to Hell.
  In Hart's Hope, the curse that the assassinated king's daughter, Asineth, beset unto her new king, Palicrovol, his new wife the "Flower Princess" Enziquelvinisensee Evelvenin, his faithful wizard Sleeve, and his commander Zymas.  This occurred when she borrowed the looks of the Flower Princess to become the most beautiful woman in the world and hence called herself the goddess Beauty, but in consequence, making the Flower Princess the ugliest woman in the world, Sleeve a deformed midget, and Zymas a thin old weakling.  The curse itself causes Palicrovol to become ill often, to suffer boils and a bladder that stays closed for days and opens spontaneously, to never sleep, to always eat rotted food, etc.  Additionally, the curse keeps all the four of her prisoners alive for 300 years, during which she keeps the three gods of this land enslaved and the city of Inwit under her omnipotent rule.  It's a crazy curse.
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« Reply #44: March 24, 2011, 12:00:00 pm »

...In what other famous works (books, movies, art, opera, whatever) do curses figure prominently?
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Maybe not as famous as some others, but Jack Chalker's books are full of curses.  Nathan Brazil cannot die; when touched by a Changewind you are put into a "cursed" form; he even has a couple of mercenaries/bounty hunters that are cursed to share the same body and mind - woman by night, man by day.

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