Legend
“You’ve stolen my dreams away.”
“All things change, Lady.”

I write about Legend because it is close to my heart, although perhaps not the strongest example of the story type. I find myself able to ignore Lily’s lack of companions (they all belong to her lover Jack and aid him in his quest to rescue Lily, a more typical damsel-in-distress storyline) because of the strength of the adversary relationship between her and Darkness – one of the best examples of the version where the girl is older and the conflict has sexual overtones. While the main plot follows Jack primarily, it is Lily’s perspective that I examine in this context.

It is Lily who thrusts them both into the world of faeries and battles and danger by foolishly touching the unicorn, which is forbidden, an act that seems to precipitate all the woe that follows. Time stops, and she is separated from Jack, who could be called her companion but leaves her early on. She must navigate the forest herself, eventually coming to the castle of her adversary. His minions the goblins have captured the unicorn and will use it to let Darkness rule the world. At the castle, Darkness seduces Lily, and she temporarily forgets herself in a vision, letting herself be transformed into something more to his liking. But when he thinks she has succumbed, she thwarts him and releases the unicorn, leaving Darkness to be finally destroyed by Jack and his companions.

I admit, I like Lily best when she is a bit evil, dancing with the shadow woman, relishing the idea of killing the unicorn. Perhaps that’s just because I’m always hoping that the girl will stay with the adversary in these situations, and it only seems possible for those few moments.

One tip for Americans – if you haven’t seen the director’s cut with the original score, go watch it. It was released in America with Tangerine Dream doing a cheesy 80’s soundtrack, and is much more beautiful and serious when viewed with the original music.

“This place holds more magic for me than any palace in the world.”

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