[DWJ] The Game

Roger Burton West roger at firedrake.org
Tue Mar 27 15:42:47 EDT 2007


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>Including Baba Yaga is another example of subversion, isn't it?  BY is
>usually presented as a Bad Thing, so putting her in as a helpful ally is
>reversing expectations.  She does sometimes help people, or one of her
>sisters does, but more usually she just eats them with her iron teeth; DWJ
>is choosing to emphasise the positive.

Baba Yaga is a _title_, not a name (it means "Grandmother Hag"), so it's
not unreasonable to suppose there might be different people known as
that at different times..

>After DWJ has used them in her books as characters who are fun
>or benign, can Loki and Baba Yaga feel like villains to a DWJ fan, in later
>work by others?

If one's reading Russian folk-tales, it rapidly becomes apparent that
_everyone_ is a villain. :-)

R



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