PDA

View Full Version : Who's your favorite fable?



Bravo
12-02-2006, 06:38 AM
i say jack who sold his cows for the beanstalk.

then maybe the big bad wolf.

Scarlett_156
12-02-2006, 06:38 AM
Me, and after that Jesus.

Unique
12-02-2006, 06:42 AM
The Crow and the Pitcher (http://www.aesopfables.com/cgi/aesop1.cgi?sel&TheCrowandthePitcher&&crowpitc.ram)

TrainofThought
12-02-2006, 06:58 AM
Jack and Jill

He was kinda cute.

Ultra
12-02-2006, 07:05 AM
Are we talking traditional fables, or Bill Willingham's Fables?

Traditional: the scorpion

Fables: Bigby Wolf, natch

Bravo
12-02-2006, 07:16 AM
Are we talking traditional fables, or Bill Willingham's Fables?

Traditional: the scorpion

Fables: Bigby Wolf, natch

you made my day by knowing that book.

but either one is fine.

Soccer Mom
12-02-2006, 07:35 AM
Hmm, I like Jack and the Beanstalk and Goldilocks. The three little pigs is a good one and Puss in Boots is pretty good.

Fee, fie, foe, fum,
I Smell the blood of an Englishman.
Be he live or be he dead,
I'll grind his bones to make my bread.

Ultra
12-02-2006, 07:42 AM
Doesn't everyone know Willingham's work by now? If not, why not?

That's amazingly good stuff. I would think anyone interested in writing, in the act of telling a tale, would be keenly interested in what Willingham and his crew are up to.

William Haskins
12-02-2006, 07:42 AM
i was always partial to "the dog and the wolf", from aesop's fables.



A gaunt Wolf was almost dead with hunger when he happened to meet a House-dog who was passing by. "Ah, Cousin," said the Dog. "I knew how it would be; your irregular life will soon be the ruin of you. Why do you not work steadily as I do, and get your food regularly given to you?"


"I would have no objection," said the Wolf, "if I could only get a place."


"I will easily arrange that for you," said the Dog; "come with me to my master and you shall share my work."


So the Wolf and the Dog went towards the town together. On the way there the Wolf noticed that the hair on a certain part of the Dog's neck was very much worn away, so he asked him how that had come about.


"Oh, it is nothing," said the Dog. "That is only the place where the collar is put on at night to keep me chained up; it chafes a bit, but one soon gets used to it."


"Is that all?" said the Wolf. "Then good-bye to you, Master Dog."


Better starve free than be a fat slave.

aghast
12-02-2006, 07:54 AM
the ant and the grasshopper - or a bugs life

Mom'sWrite
12-02-2006, 08:02 AM
Jack the Giant Killer!

Talk about the overwhelming power of the written word.

billythrilly7th
12-02-2006, 09:11 AM
The Duck and The Scorpion.

Shadow_Ferret
12-02-2006, 09:22 AM
Doesn't everyone know Willingham's work by now? If not, why not?



First time I heard of him.

One of my favorite fables is The Lion and the Mouse.

triceretops
12-02-2006, 09:32 AM
Jack the Giant Killler gets another one! Gosh, you guys beat me to it.

Tri

Shadow_Ferret
12-02-2006, 09:40 AM
What's the difference between a fable and a fairy tale?

dclary
12-02-2006, 10:08 AM
Either the Tawny Scrawny Lion, or the Scorpion and the Thing That Carried It Halfway Across The River.

William Haskins
12-02-2006, 10:09 AM
What's the difference between a fable and a fairy tale?

a fairy tale is simply a fanciful story, while a fable—by definition—is a story intended to convey a moral.

to be honest, i'm a little disappointed to see the apparent ignorance of the distinction on a writer's board.

Eveningsdawn
12-02-2006, 10:14 AM
I'm rather fond of the Fox and the Crane.


Would that I could remember the one I memorized for French class! I liked that one, it involved a crow and a hunk of bread and a fox...

billythrilly7th
12-02-2006, 10:16 AM
The Tawny and the Coverdale.

dclary
12-02-2006, 10:22 AM
a fairy tale is simply a fanciful story, while a fableóby definitionóis a story intended to convey a moral.

to be honest, i'm a little disappointed to see the apparent ignorance of the distinction on a writer's board.

(hush now, Haskins. This is a place for new and experienced writers, and not all are as erudite as yourself...)

(I mean, come on, one of the ground rules here is "don't criticize grammar outside of the grammar forum." You gonna expect writers who aren't expected to know how to write to be able to identify the various forms of writing?)

William Haskins
12-02-2006, 10:31 AM
yeah, i just got a rep comment "why the attack?"...

it wasn't an attack; it was an observation.

the difference between fairy tale and fable isn't ivy league grad school stuff. i learned it in 4th grade.

Shadow_Ferret
12-02-2006, 10:35 AM
Sheesh.

The reason I asked the question is because it seems a few of the answers seemed more like fairy tales and not the thread's topic of fable.

TrainofThought
12-02-2006, 10:41 AM
Donít worry about it Shadow. You can ask questions, but you will get rude responses now and then. I didnít know the difference either, nor did I care to know.

dclary
12-02-2006, 10:47 AM
Sheesh.

The reason I asked the question is because it seems a few of the answers seemed more like fairy tales and not the thread's topic of fable.

It's all Bravo's fault for asking what your favorite fable is, and then giving two fairy tales as his answer.

billythrilly7th
12-02-2006, 10:54 AM
It's all Bravo's fault for asking what your favorite fable is, and then giving two fairy tales as his answer.

And he didn't even ask "what's your favorite fable?"

He asked "who's your favorite fable?"

The boy must be drunk.

I'm glad someone is.

dclary
12-02-2006, 11:43 AM
Holla!

Bravo
12-02-2006, 06:11 PM
okay i was being too clever w the title. i was looking for ppl to pick their favorite character from fables/fairy tales (and yes, i didnt know that there was a difference b/n the two).

just a play off of bill willingham's fables series.

let's not over think this, its just a nice lil thread.

all the examples here have been great; either fairy tale or fable.

thank you.

Lyra Jean
12-02-2006, 06:41 PM
Favorite Fable: Tortoise and the Hare
Favorite Fairy Tale: Fitcher's Bird

Bravo
12-02-2006, 06:45 PM
btw, who says fairy tales dont have morals?

Gravity
12-02-2006, 06:55 PM
Favorite fable: The Raven and the Pitcher. Moral: Think creatively.
Favorite fairy tale: The Pied Piper. Moral: Pay your freakin' bills.

Lissa
12-02-2006, 07:06 PM
Oh my! I'll just cover all the bases...

Favorite Fable: The Dog and His Shadow

Favorite Fairy Tale: Vasilisa, The Beautiful

Favorite Fairy Tale Character: The Evil Queen from Snow White (Resourceful, intelligent, focused, powerful, beautiful...it's the villians that make things interesting!)

William Haskins
12-02-2006, 08:14 PM
Donít worry about it Shadow. You can ask questions, but you will get rude responses now and then. I didnít know the difference either, nor did I care to know.

i feel terrible about the whole thing, and i hope we can put this ugliness behind us.

in the spirit of getting the thread back on track, let me try again. my favorite fables (in no particular order):

- amazing spiderman #523
- the new york times
- the label of campbell's chunky chicken soup
- "all night long" by lionel richie
- "gilligan's island" (the jeckyll and hyde dream episode)

tourdeforce
12-02-2006, 08:33 PM
The Emperor Has No Clothes

- the original Hans Christian Andersen version
- the contemporary political application
- the Playboy Channel 'empress' re-imagining starring Kimberly McArthur

K1P1
12-02-2006, 09:50 PM
Melisande, by E. Nesbit. Hard to find, though--keeps going out of print.

robeiae
12-02-2006, 10:17 PM
Della and the Dealer:

It was Della and a dealer and a dog named Jake,
And a cat named Kalamazoo,
Left the city in a pick-up truck.
Gonna make some dreams come true.
Yeah, they rolled out west where the wild sun sets,
And the coyote bays at the moon.
Della and a dealer and a dog named Jake,
And a cat named Kalamazoo.

If that cat could talk, what tales he'd tell,
About Della and the Dealer and the dog as well.
But the cat was cool,
And he never said a mumblin' word.

Down Tucson way there's a small cafe,
Where they play a little cowboy tune.
And the guitar picker was a friend of mine,
By the name of Randy Boone.

Yeah, Randy played her a sweet love song,
And Della got a fire in her eye.
The Dealer had a knife and the dog had a gun,
And the cat had a shot of rye.

If that cat could talk, what tales he'd tell,
About Della and the Dealer and the dog as well.
But the cat was cool,
And he never said a mumblin' word.

Yeah, the Dealer was a killer; he was evil and mean,
And he was jealous of the fire in her eyes.
He snorted his coke through a century note,
And he swore that Boone would die.

And the stage was set when the lights went out,
There was death in Tucson town.
Two shadows ran for the bar back door,
But one stayed on the ground.

If that cat could talk, what tales he'd tell,
About Della and the Dealer and the dog as well.
But the cat was cool,
And he never said a mumblin' word.

If that cat could talk, what tales he'd tell,
About Della and the Dealer and the dog as well.
But the cat was cool,
And he never said a mumblin' word.

Two shadows ran from the bar that night,
And a dog and a cat ran too.
And the tires got hot on the pickup truck,
As down the road they flew.

It was Della and her lover and a dog named Jake,
And a cat named Kalamazoo.
Left Tucson in a pickup truck.
Gonna make some dreams come true.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

If that cat could talk, what tales he'd tell,
About Della and the Dealer and the dog as well.
But the cat was cool,
And he never said a mumblin' word.

dclary
12-02-2006, 11:38 PM
btw, who says fairy tales dont have morals?

A fairy tale might have a moral, Bravo. A fable always will. It's one of those "a square is always a rectangle but a rectangle isn't always a square" kinda things.

billythrilly7th
12-03-2006, 12:56 AM
When I was in kindergarten, I was the best block architect and builder of all time. Structures would rise high above the cubby skylines.

I then progressed to Lincoln Logs where I built homes for the rich and famous. Modern without losing that rural feel that they were looking for.

To this day I think, "what if?"

Thank you.

Celia Cyanide
12-03-2006, 01:49 AM
The fable of the snake. An old woman found a dying snake. He begged her to take him in and nurse him back to health. She did, and after a few weeks, he was back to his old self again. When the woman came home to find the snake in good health, he slithered up and bit her.

As she lay dying, she asked him, "Why have you done this?"

"You knew I was a snake from the moment you took me in."

aghast
12-03-2006, 03:57 AM
the prodigal son - oh, thats a parable, does that count?

dclary
12-03-2006, 04:09 AM
The fable of the snake. An old woman found a dying snake. He begged her to take him in and nurse him back to health. She did, and after a few weeks, he was back to his old self again. When the woman came home to find the snake in good health, he slithered up and bit her.

As she lay dying, she asked him, "Why have you done this?"

"You knew I was a snake from the moment you took me in."

This is similar to the fable of the scorpion and the fox. Nice one.

dclary
12-03-2006, 04:10 AM
the prodigal son - oh, thats a parable, does that count?

If we're gonna include fairy tales, why not?

Ultra
12-03-2006, 05:01 AM
Doesn't everyone know Willingham's work by now? If not, why not?First time I heard of him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fables_(comic)

You should go find these books now.

dclary
12-03-2006, 05:46 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fables_(comic)

You should go find these books now.

You should fix your link first.

janetbellinger
12-03-2006, 05:49 AM
The wicked witch in Sleeping Beauty

CBeasy
12-03-2006, 06:04 AM
It's a tie between The Emperor's New Clothes and Rumpelstiltskin. The former teaches about the dangers of conformity, the latter about lying and hubris. I would say my favorite fairly tale character would have to be the goats in Billy Goat's Gruff. I know they aren't in my favorite fables, but I love those guys.

Ultra
12-03-2006, 07:18 AM
You should fix your link first.So noted. Thanks for the heads up.

HEY YOU-- yes you, who is reading this thread-- scroll up a few posts and click the link.

Lissa
12-03-2006, 09:00 PM
Rose Red is my favorite fairy tale character.

I always thought Rose Red was waaay groovier than Snow White.

arrowqueen
12-04-2006, 03:10 AM
'Would that I could remember the one I memorized for French class! I liked that one, it involved a crow and a hunk of bread and a fox...'

A crow had found a particularly nice bit of cheese and carried it off to his tree. A fox spotted the cheese and desired it for himself, so he set to, praising the crow for its fine plumage.

'So fine a bird must have a voice to match its beauty,' said the fox.

Flattered, the crow opened his beak to demonstrate that indeed he did - and dropped the cheese.

The fox grabbed it and fecked off sharpish.

Moral - Do not be misled by flattery. The buggers are usually after something.

aghast
12-04-2006, 03:13 AM
so arrowqueen you look exceptionally gorgeous today

aghast
12-04-2006, 03:16 AM
i like this one:


One cold morning a little bird was flying south for winter, but the bird was late leaving. This winter was especially cold and it was not long before the little bird fell to the ground of a pasture a freezing heap. It just so happened though that cow was passing at that time and dropped a big cowpie on top of the bird. The bird slowly started to warm and it was so happy that it started to sing. The bird was singing so loudly that a passing deer heard the singing bird and thought that it needed help so it went and uncovered it a little so that it could get itself out the rest of the way. But then a fox happened upon the deer and wondered what in the world it was digging in shit for so it ran over chasing off the deer. The little bird not realizing this and still pretty much still covered was still singing and the fox quickly found the little bird and ate it.

THE MORAL: Not everyone that shits on you is your enemy; not everyone that pulls you out of shit is your friend.