The other day, I was daydreaming about fairy tales instead of doing my schoolwork. Hey, life is short. And should not be wasted with math homework.
Anyway. It dawned on me that the story didn’t make sense. Why had I not seen that sooner?
The fairy tale in question was “Cinderella,” one of the primary stories I’m writing about this month for NaNoWriMo. I’ll recap it quickly for anyone who somehow forgot this staple of little-kid life: Cinderella is treated like a house slave by her evil stepmother and stepsisters, but one day her fairy godmother appears to give her beautiful clothes and stuff so she can go to the ball and meet the prince. Leaving the ball, Cinderella loses a shoe and the prince (who is enamored of her) goes all throughout his kingdom fitting the lost shoe on any women he can find.
That doesn’t really make sense, does it? If the prince met another charming woman whilst on his shoe-fitting journeys, would he marry her or ignore her because her feet aren’t right? Is Cinderella really the only one in the kingdom with feet that size? Why does he equate love with shoe size?
This story could give small children very strange ideas on How To Choose A Life Partner.
The oddness isn’t limited to fairy tales, though. Later, I was thinking about the merits of various couples in the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series when I realized something strange.
Annabeth & Percy, Thalia & Luke, Percy & Nico, et cetera – all are demigods, which means they have one parent who is a Greek god or goddess. So they’re related. They’re cousins.
Then why are they dating?
Finally, Harry Potter. Ron has a pet rat named Scabbers. In the third book, Scabbers is revealed to be escaped Death Eater Peter Pettigrew hiding as an Animagus. Ron’s twin brothers, Gred and Forge, have the Marauders’ Map (which, incidentally, Pettigrew had a hand in creating) and it allows them to see the location of anyone in Hogwarts.
One would think they’d have noticed a little dot marked “Peter Pettigrew” . Major Authorial Mistake there, Jo.
I could go on and on. In fact, I think I will:
- When Sam said “And I’m coming with you!” after Frodo told him he must go to Mordor alone and Frodo agreed to that, were they both really stupid?
- When Ned told Cersei – one of his greatest enemies – that he knew what she was up to, was he trying to get stabbed in the back, or what?
- Why can’t Narnians leave Narnia, but the Pevensies can?
- What’s the point of putting River Song in prison when the Doctor TARDISes into her cell every night and smuggles her out?
What other nonsensical things have you noticed in stories?