Firstly, I have to give mad props to Chris at Book-A-Rama. Her dream panel post, “I See Dead People,” was awesome. Go read it if you haven’t already.
Secondly, who would be on my dream panel? Who would I want to see on a panel? Which authors would make my dreams come true? There are so many people I would want to meet and hear talk about their work, but I know one author, hands down, is the one I want to hear speak in public. And that is Neil Gaiman.
With him would be Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling, Midori Snyder, and Charles Vess. Oh, and let’s have Margo Lanagan while we’re at it. And don’t forget the Queen of Fairy Tales; Jane Yolen! Oh, and can we have Maria Tatar too? I mean, it is my panel.
So, yes, fairy tales. Topics would include:
- Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales
- Feminine in Fairy Tales
- Psychological Meaning of Redemption Motifs in Fairy Tales
- The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales
- Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood
Obviously these are a lot of titles from books I want to read anyway, but how much better to hear them speak on it in person? What do you think? Is that a panel worth seeing? I know I would happily spend my money on that!
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