Friday, April 15, 2016

M is for . . .

Alice through the looking glass 
Image Source: John Tenniel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Who could forget this famous question from Snow White? (Well, actually it's "Magic mirror on the wall...", but never mind.) Then there's Through the Looking Glass, which has another adaption coming soon to a theatre near you.

Mirrors can heal. When someone looses a limb, they might experience great pain from the missing part. Mirrors can be used to give the illusion that the missing limb is there, and the patient will feel relief.

Mirrors can distort reality. If you stare at yourself in a mirror in a room without a lot of light for several moments, you will hallucinate distortions. (Just don't say, "Bloody Mary" three times. I mean it.)

 by ForestOwlEnt

Do mirrors show you your true self? Hardly. Hold up a book or other writing to a mirror. It's reversed. (Who could forget what REDRUM spells backwards in Stephen King's The Shining?) So technically, you don't see yourself in a mirror the way people see you. Want to know what you really look like to the world? Position two mirrors at 90 degree angles, and look at your reflection from the join. Heck, you could buy this True Mirror from Amazon, if you have 200 bucks to spare.

True Mirror sold on Amazon

Mysterious things are mirrors and reflections. In The Mirror PeopleCrystal Collier creates an alternate universe in which your mirror image may be up to no good at all. You can enjoy this creepy tale in the anthology Parallels:Felix Was Here to be released on May 3. 

(Information on mirrors adapted from 10 Crazy Facts About Mirrors.)

Do you find mirrors frightening? Or just the image they reflect back?


  1. I love the choice of mirror for letter M. Mirrors can often be metaphors for so many things in life...

  2. I believe that mirrors may not be 100% true, but true enough for me to cringe when taking a peek.

  3. I did not know that about mirrors. And I certainly don't need any flashbacks. Or do I?

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  4. That's kind of creepy, I'm going to have to try that out!

  5. Sometimes when nipping to the bathroom in the middle of the night I freak myself out with the mirror and my over active imagination :) During daylight though, not a problem. I keep thinking about writing a horror story about a mirror, but then I remember I have to look at one during the wee hours of the morning and decide not to ;)
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  6. I confess I'm not a big fan of mirrors. I start obsessing and I need to think about other things. There's a crazy old lady in my mirror and she drives me crazy.

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  7. I find mirrors fascinating. It's not that I'm such a gorgeous creature, but as I age, I notice how much my state of mind is reflected in my face. And who doesn't like making funny faces in the mirror?
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  8. Fro the time I first read Through the Looking Glass, I was hooked on the mirror mystic. What a great literary device!

  9. I must admit sometimes the image that a mirror reflects back confuses me because what one sees and what really is happens to be two different things.
    Furthermore, I tend to think that mirrors tend to harm someone who is insecure with how they look.

    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

  10. Ah yes Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all is something I have used in a couple of my mad little poems in the past. Interestingly the answer to the question is. . . . . . . . . Me

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    And thanks for coming back to my blog again, you will get hooked you know it might be best to runaway now before you find you are reciting odd poems into the mirror.

  11. Fascinating on many levels. Especially using the mirror for missing limbs. Kudos to Crystal on the Mirror People.

  12. Yay! Thanks for the mention. I love mirrors as symbols--what we see vs what really is. I think one of the most fascinating aspects of a mirror is how you can stare at yourself until the person reflected back becomes a stranger.

  13. This is so interesting. So what I see isn't really what I look like. That could be good, or bad. Am I brave enough to try the two mirrors at 90 degree angles? I'll have to think about that.

  14. Interesting, but I will just keep on trying to avoid looking at the mirror

  15. Sometimes I worry about looking into the mirror because it's my real true self staring back at me! Something that you don't show anyone in the world. But interesting perspectives here! Hopping over from the A-Z challenge! Good luck with the rest of it!

    Deepa’s Kaleidoscope

  16. Very intriguing! I've looked in a true mirror before and it was surreal, I could barely recognize myself. I also agree that staring in a mirror too long can cause distortions.

  17. I appreciate your saying that mirrors give us a reverse reflection. Of course, I get that when I'm looking at myself in the mirror...but I tend to think of a mirrored image as being an accurate reflection (as in reflection of God). Thats something to sit with.

  18. That video is too funny.
    I hate mirrors and rarely look in them. Could be why my hair is always messed up. :)


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