Friday, April 8, 2011

H is for Handsome Prince!

I dedicate this month-long challenge to children, with nephew Jeremy topping my list. Much thanks to the animated or more serious characters who agreed (or not) to conduct interviews this month. Sure, I had to promise them 80% of my profits, but a few are altruistic to the core. At least, that sounds good. Right? My point: Have fun reading this or doing something else. Give a child a hug today too.

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Friendly Narrator (i.e., man on the street corner who needed to earn a quick buck): The role of the Handsome Prince is played by Joe Shmoe. In a lifelong search for the perfect lead man, Robyn settled for Mr. Shmoe. I might suggest she's pathetic, but it's her blog. She paid me a buck for this intro, so I'll shut up now.

Robyn: I can't believe I've finally met you, Mr. Shmoe. Where have you been all my life?

Handsome Prince Joe Shmoe: Shining shoes, perfecting my pebble skipping, and trying to keep her satisfied.

Robyn, spontaneously green-faced: Her? Who's her? I thought I was the first to find you. I'll tackle that *bleep.* Where is she?

Handsome Prince Joe Shmoe: You're not mensa material. Are you? Don't you know I married Cinderella for happily-ever-after in the 1600's and thousands of times since?

Robyn. Oh, uh, I didn't realize you were that same Handsome Prince. Stupid me. Should've known there was only one of you. *Bleep!* Well, I can't go pound on the world's favorite princess. Cinderella's sweet and innocent, and over 500 years old. Good lord, she looks good. So how's that happily-ever-after thing going?

Handsome Prince Joe Shmoe: Well, we have let ourselves go a bit since the wedding. He pats his pot belly. I guess it happens to everyone. We have 6 kids now. Currently, we're getting ready for Prince William's wedding. Gotta keep making the appearances. It's rather exhausting. She's a good one, though we're still struggling to get to know each other.

Robyn: I suppose that could take another 600 years or so. Doesn't sound so cheery. Thanks for debunking the whole happily-ever-after thing for me, Mr. Shmoe. That's why I asked you out. I mean, I asked you out to do this interview for that purpose. Do you have a brother?

The earliest versions of Cinderella were actually written in a Chinese book around 850-860 A.D. Perrault is credited with Cenorillon (the story we now know as Cinderella) in the 1600's. Disney brought Cinderella and her handsome prince to the big screen in 1950.

15 comments:

  1. Should have kneed him after that Mensa crack. haha

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  2. I love the history of fairy tales and study this quite a bit, for it is the foundation of what we write today.

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  3. Cinderella is Chineese? never would have guessed that.

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  4. Fractured Fairytale! History lesson and a laugh, for me it doesn't get any better.

    MaryV

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  5. I always wonder what happened to the ugly sisters. Did they get married to rich men or drink from the furry cup?

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  6. Furry cup? What's a furry cu....ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    Never mind.

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  7. Oh no...the Prince has developed a pot belly!? Must get the mental image out of my head. Poor Cinderella...I'll bet she kept her good looks and figure just to please the bugger.

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  8. Betty, yeah, and your husband almost made the list. xo

    Marlene, of course Cindy looks lovely as always. She's got a tiny belly bulge, just to make the rest of us feel a bit better. ;0)

    Al, yeah, never mind what that GB says. We never know from whence he's drinking. xo

    GB, you are too much. I love ya. <-:

    Giggles, thanks so much for your praise and follow. xo

    Baygirl, it's surprising. Isn't it? I had no idea either. =-)

    Carole Ann, yes. It's fascinating. Fairytales have certainly stood the test of time. We don't tend to realize the subtle and more blatant ways they affect literature and the media - to translate into how we live life. xo

    TS, I thought so, but I wasn't sure what mensa is. So I restrained myself. ;0)

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  9. Dang, I just knew I had found a Handsome Prince-Prince Charming and now you tell me there is only one. I'm gobsmacked!

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  10. lmao! this was hilarious! and if the prince would have made that mensa crack to me, i would have slapped him!!! lol

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  11. Nice piece of history there...guess happily ever after comes with baggage both on and around.

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  12. Nice to meet you through the A-Z challenge! Hope to see you around!

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  13. I didn't know Cinderella was Chinese. That's a little crazy. Cool though!!

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