1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Party#After-party

    “An after-party is a party that is held after a musical or theatrical performance or after some other event, such as a wedding or a school dance. Guests are usually limited to friends of the host. ”

    Fairy tales end with “happily ever after”

    A normal wedding has an after party. A fairy tale has an ever-after party.

  2. I’m with Pete. I was trying to fit some undead/afterlife angle into it, but I think it’s just that they are fair-tale characters who live “happily ever after.”

  3. Hm, I somehow thought there had to be something more here than just shoving two phrases up against each other, but I guess there’s not much to discuss here. I’ll bring up the next post a little early.

  4. I agree with the consensus explanation, although I don’t think all the characters depicted come from “happily ever after” fairy tales. (Three Blind Mice? Did they live happily ever after?) I’m not sure I even recognize all the characters here.

    “Shoving two phrases up against each other” like this is a regular category on Wheel of Fortune. (Or was? Is Wheel of Fortune still on?)

  5. And Chak’s point leads to the question: as a ball is itself a kind of party (party with a lot of dancing), could it really have an after-party?

  6. Why does the king say “I hear there’s. . .” Isn’t he at the ever-after-party now? It seems like he’s referring to another party, coming up after this one, but an “after party” isn’t a party after a party.

  7. An “after-party” is a party after a party.

    merriam-webster.com: a party for invited guests that follows a main party or event
    dictionary.com: a usually exclusive party that takes place after a performance or other event or after the main party

  8. … though the context I’m most familiar with would be something like the Oscars, and coverage of who is seen at which after-parties.

  9. Like with the Oscars, there’s sort of a general celebration with lots of people. Then there are much more exclusive after-parties.

  10. “I don’t think all the characters depicted come from “happily ever after” fairy tales. (Three Blind Mice? Did they live happily ever after?) I’m not sure I even recognize all the characters here.”

    The three blind mice aren’t from a fairy tale at all. Pet peeve of mine (gee, I have pet peeves?…. who’d have guessed it) are lazy distinctions between “fairy tales” and “nursery rhymes”.

    There’s little red riding hood and the wolf, and goldilocks and a bear, and the three blind mice. the rest are just generic archetypes, witches, knights, fairy, damsel and prince. The prince could be talking to the evil queen of snow white.

    No, not really any happy ever after stories except for snow white but it wasn’t happy for the queen.

  11. I think there may be alternative endings here. Red Riding Hood and her wolf appear to be very happy together, and likewise Papa Bear and Goldilocks.

  12. “Well, we got off to a rocky start, what with the whole ‘eating grandmother’ thing, but in a way the tragedy brought us closer together.”

  13. In the FABLES comic book series, there are several “happily ever after” (or at least “happily for a long time”) odd couples, most prominently Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf, but also Frog Prince and Red Riding Hood, and (minor characters, but a favorite pairing for me) Miss Muffet and her (human-szied) husband, the Spider.

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