- 'She' is considered to be one of the classics of imaginative literature and was one of the best-selling books of all-time
Where the idea came from
'She' is short for 'she who must not be named- apparently, H.Rider Haggard's nursemaid, used to toroment him with an ugly doll, which went by the name of 'she who must not be named.'
'Kor,' means 'disease' in Old Norse- in 'She' the main character, Ayesha, lives in a city named Kor, which had its original inhabitants decimated by a terrible 'plague.'
Haggard tells the story of a Cambridge Professor, Horace Holly, and his companion, Leo Vincey, who travel to Africa. There, they ancounter Ayesha, who has made herself immortal by bathing in a pillar of fire, which is the source of life itself.
Ayesha is an all-powerrful female figure who is desired, but also feared- she is a beautiful 'being' but she will kill anyone who offends her or stands in her way. She has waited 2000 years for the rebirth of her former lover, Killakrates- incidently, she is the one who killed him. She beleieves that Leo Vincey is the reincarnation of Killikrates.
One of the chapters that i have been given, shows Ayesha taking Holly and Vincey to see the pillar of fire and wants Vincey to bathe in it so that he can also be immortal with her. He doubts his safety, so she bathes in it again to prove him wrong- she withers immediately, but before she 'dies,' she says, @I die no, I shall come again.'
In the book, Haggard explores the themes of : POWER, LIFE, DEATH, REINCARNATION, SEXUALITY AND FATE.
The film has been adapted many times throughout the years, likewise with the book, so i would like to see and compare the different versions. After reading the synopsis of the overall book, I am quite pleased with the folder i chose- ok, i have never heard of it before and so i thought that it would be very difficult with my drawing skills but it does allow me to explore my strengths and include my own perceptions, rather than being too influenced by the other versions that have already been made.