I ask for so little…

Today’s blog post comes to you thanks to David Bowie and the Labyrinth.

Jareth
Jareth at the Ball after Sarah leaves him.

Last night i embarked on a trek down nostalgia lane with my good friend the Goblin King. i think i ‘ve secretly been in love with this guy since i was old enough to form feelings that didn’t consist of the word cooties. i couldn’t name why i find him so compelling if i tried but since the first time i watched the labyrinth there has always been one line that has stuck with me.

“i ask for so little. Just let me rule you, and you can have everything that you want. Just fear me, love me, do as i say, and i will be your slave.” -Jareth, The Goblin King.

Even as i write it i envy it. i don’t believe i could come up with a more intoxicating line. perhaps its the sheer amount of contradictions or simply the way Bowie says it (end scene ) but every time i read it i’m left with chills. i think i unconsciously have been channeling Jareth into all my otherworldly/ fae/elf character creations since i began to write. the more i think about my favorite ones, the ones that sadly barely ever make it to paper, they are cruel, egotistical, confidant, maybe a bit malicious but utterly vulnerable and usually hopelessly in love. The object of their affection, much like sarah, has some reason to utterly hate them.

the relationship between Sarah and Jareth is full of analytical meaning but for once i find i have little desire to see it picked apart.

Jareth
Jareth in the beginning.

on the topic of writing fae characters, i have some serious writing to get done if i want to get anywhere with my nanowrimo creation this year. As is usual i decided about 300 words in that i hated what i was writing and am now starting on a wholly different story with a little inspiration from the labyrinth.

wish me luck.

Anybody out there have a favorite character that may have inspired them?

till later,

-Ginger

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