Snow and ice can get a little scary when it comes to children’s books too. A well-known older story is The Snow Queen (Danish: "Snedronningen", by Hans Christian Andersen).
The queen is a magical, cold-hearted creature made of snow. As heartwarming children’s stories go, she kidnaps one of the characters, Kay (a little boy).
The story also includes evil trolls, robbers and the freezing of hearts into ice blocks. The heroine, Gerda, has to constantly fend off nasty characters, AND…wait for it - run barefoot in the snow in nothing but her summer dress.
What a girl won’t do to save the boy she cares for!
The Snow Queen parallels the recent blizzard, as we wonder just how bad things will get before they get better. With sensational blizzard headlines like “#Snowmageddon2015”, “Crippling’ blizzard, transit systems shut”, and ‘Potentially historic’ storm heads for U.S. Northeast” many of us sat glued to our devices, watching the News.
There is an even stranger parallel between this story and the blizzard. Like Gerda who was on a quest to find Kay, New Yorkers flocked to Craigslist to find 'blizzard boyfriends' and girlfriends. Hopefully for those on such quests, there were happy endings all-round.