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Masterlist: Fic - Aurora

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AU written for the deancastiel AU/AR Fusion Challenge.

Word Count: 19,500
Prompt: The Snow Queen fairytale - elvisglasses5's fusion prompt #34
Rating: R
Readers: Infinite thanks to Zelda and Bella for their beta work! And thanks to awesomepants87 for alpha reading, and everyone else in chat for putting up with my incessant blathering about this story.
Author Notes: here.
Part of the Park Bench Anthology Volume 2

Story the First: The Flower Garden of the Man Who Could Conjure
The Second Story: The Hunter
The Third Story: The Snow Queen
The Fourth Story: The White Rose
The Fifth Story: The Prince and Princess
The Sixth Story: Little Robber-Girl
The Seventh Story: The Spirit of Scheria
Story the Last: Of the Palace of the Snow Queen and What Happened There

Author Notes:
This was a delightful story for me to write. I had the chance to pay homage to the many myths and stories I loved so much as a child, though ironically enough, The Snow Queen was not one of them. Many thanks to elvisglasses5 for her lovely prompt to get me writing my own fairytale re-imagination. If you’d like to read the original fairytale, here is a link: The Snow Queen.

I chose not to do a literal reinterpretation of the story because that seems rather mechanical to me, so I took a lot of liberties not only with the structure but also the substance of the story. I was inspired to start the story in media res by The Odyssey and was actually quite pleased with how it worked out.

I’ve always enjoyed the concept of embedding stories within stories using a framing device (as found in 1001 Nights). So I relished the chance to recount some of my favorite stories using reverse causation and self-fulfilling prophecies. I also found myself enjoying the process of selecting a story that I felt matched each character; Sam’s story, for instance, resonates with canon more so than with Aurora, while Dean’s story matches up with both canon and Aurora to some extent.

Here is the list of the many sources of the various stories and allusions used throughout the story. Most were tweaked from their original forms to serve my purposes, but contain the same essential elements I originally loved.

Sumerian mythology:
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Utnapishtim and the Great Flood

Japanese mythology:
Susanoo and the Slaying of Orochi
Amaterasu in Iwayado

Greco-Roman mythology:
Demeter and the Rape of Persephone
Orpheus and Eurydice
Tiresias and the Snakes
The Odyssey

Biblical stories:
The Prodigal Son
The Sacrifice of Isaac

One Thousand and One Nights
The Ruined Man who Became Rich Again through a Dream
The Tale of Attaf

Norse Mythology
Vahalla and Ragnarok

Director's cut: My story was slightly longer in previous incarnations, and got edited down for pacing and structural reasons. If you'd like to read the older, longer, director's cut version, here's a link to a word document version.

Word document version at Megaupload.

If anyone would prefer it in a different format or at a different upload site, just comment and let me know.



( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 4th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)

Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day...

Nov. 4th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
I hope you enjoy it!!! :)
Nov. 4th, 2009 09:50 am (UTC)
Yay! You posted! This is such a wonderful fic, I know your readers will love it. :)
Nov. 4th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! I hope so. And thank you so much for all your hard work! The story is much better for it.
Dec. 31st, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Eeep! A director's cut! <3!

Jan. 14th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Hah! Yes, unedited and even more sprawlingly long :)
Jan. 13th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
This was so incredible. I'm not even sure I can tell you how much I loved this. Not only was it a wonderful fanfic in and of itself, but it was written with and around myths and folktales, many of which I knew but some of which I didn't. I really just can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this.
Jan. 14th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you :) I love myths myself, so I'm glad you enjoyed my reworkings of them :)
Feb. 22nd, 2014 12:40 am (UTC)
Do you have a pdf version? The word one doesn't work.
Mar. 17th, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
I'd like to have a pdf version of this too if possible! :) I can even make one for you if that's fine...?
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