Genre: Adult Fiction (Romance/ Fractured Fairy Tale)
Date Published: November 8, 2013
Will she let down her hair for the man of her fantasies?
Famous for her long, golden hair and beaming smile, Razel D’Punz is the hottest model in the industry. But although most women would kill to get ahead in this profession, Razel lives an isolated life; one she has learnt to accept...until she meets Matthew Prince, a new photographer in the business.
Refusing to let her mother/agent’s strict rules stop her from spending time with the man of her fantasies, Razel quickly discovers that one night with Matthew isn’t enough....
And neither is the life she is chained to. Something will have to change if she is ever to get her very own Happily Ever After.
Razel Dazzle, a modern twist on a long haired tale....
Creating Isolation and Restrictions
So, today I'm here to talk about building restriction and isolation for a character, or more specifically, I'm talking about how I have modernized the fairytale Rapunzel by taking her out of her tower and putting her into a metaphorical one of sorts.
We all know the story or Rapunzel; long haired beauty, trapped in a tower. The isolation of this heroine is one of the reasons why this story stands out so much.
The little mermaid came from a beautiful underwater kingdom.
Cinderella had to slave away in a house for her horrid stepmother and stepsisters.
Snow-white got lost in the forest and ended up as a maid for seven dwarves.
Sleeping beauty had it good until the whole spindle wheel incident . . . but the point is that even
though they had their problems to overcome, they were still out in the world living some form of a life with the freedom to move about and communicate with people.
Rapunzel was all alone. Cut off with only a Witch for a visitor. She no doubt spent her time day dreaming about what the world was like. Wondering how other people spent their days and knowing deep in her heart that their lives would be far more interesting, and fuller than her own.
She would have no doubt spent that time wanting to be free; to venture out in the world and discover new places and people, but knowing that she never would be able to, because she had no way out. No way to get away from the witch.
It was a lot of fun modernizing this particular fairytale, but when I was planning the story the one thing I was sure of was that I wouldn't be physically placing my Rapunzel in a tower. I wouldn't physically lock her up.
So, how was I going to build that isolation? How was I going to restrict her? Cut her off?
As soon as I had decided I was going to re-vamp this particular tale I just knew that my Rapunzel was going to be a model. Long, blonde hair? Why else would a witch of a mother force you to grow your hair to such unmanageable lengths, unless she was also your agent who wanted you to have a signature feature. Controlling parent alert.
Now, I know you might be thinking that I could be contradicting myself here. I mean, models are out on display, they are in the public eye, but you see, that is the beauty of it.
How many times have we heard celebs complaining that they have no privacy? The public are a big key to any actors/actress, musicians, models etc career without them they wouldn't get very far, but despite the fact they need an audience they still hate the lack of privacy they profession brings. Whatever they do, say, wear, go . . . all of it is dissected and analyzed. One minute they do something right, the next its wrong. One minute they are loved, the next minute hated. They have a very fine line to walk to keep on peoples good sides, because the right type of scandal could ruin their career.
And there lies the restriction and the isolation. They don't lead normal lives, and even when they try to they still have a camera in their face. Their day trip is still printed in magazines. It doesn't surprise me that a lot of celebs live behind big walls with security guards and cameras just so they can get a little peace and privacy.
So, take that lifestyle and throw in a mother who is also your agent, and the founder of the number one modelling agency in the US, the agency you represent, that you have put on the map . . . can anyone say pressure? Such expectations and ones that you don't really have the chance to break because your mother/agent is with you constantly; talking for you, telling you what to do, how to smile etc.
Razel was forced into modelling at the age of five and has been pushed into staying and progressing in this profession all the way up to twenty-one. Modelling is what she does. It's what she has always done. She doesn't know anything else, and certainly wouldn't know how to go about gaining anything else. If she wants a drink, someone gets it for her. If she wants to go shopping it has to be put on a schedule and she can't go alone. She can't talk to people unless Gabrielle thinks there is a good reason too. She can't sit and watch TV for a day. She's not allowed to decorate a Christmas tree, or go on a date, because it's all a waste of time; and time is money. She is money so every second she has when she is not working, she has to exercise, spend time in the sauna, and do everything that she must to make sure she is always at her best, because it is what's expected of her.
She is restricted by those expectations and that routine.
So you see, in my version of Rapunzel her tower is the lifestyle her mother has conditioned her too.
It is her daily routine. She is constantly busy. She always has something to do, and yes, it is possible for someone to stay conditioned to a lifestyle/a routine, especially when you have an individual with you whom you're supposed to trust.
It doesn't mean that Razel likes the way her life is. No, over time she has gradually questioned what she does and who she is, but fear has kept her by her mother's side and in the modelling profession.
Fear and uncertainty has kept her quiet and obedient. It just takes something special to happen, or in this case, someone special to come along and show her that there is a world full of possibilities out there, that life is hers to live to the fullest, that she should say "good-riddance" to fear and just take that jump. She has the power to escape, to love, to laugh and just live however she sees fit.
She is in charge of her Happily Ever After, and like all true fairytales, she eventually finds it.
She studied Musical Theatre in college, but during her second year, her mind started to overflow with story ideas, so she began writing plays. Slowly, over the following three years, she wrote more and more, channeling every ounce of her imagination into the written word.
And now, here she is, years later, hiding away like a hermit in her little cottage in Cheshire, England, writing like crazy and loving every minute of it.
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