Do you believe in the power of words? Well, I do.
Nine years ago I saw LABYRINTH for the first time. I loved the movie; I still do. If I have to name my most favorite movies of all time, LABYRINTH is one of those on the very top of the list. I can’t exactly say why, but the whole story has so incredibly much potential and inspires me to no end that I have no other chance than to love it.
So there are these lines Sarah says to defeat Jareth in the end:
Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I’ve fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen. For my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great. You have no power over me.
I know this quote by heart. It has literally burned itself into my mind. However, whenever I say it (don’t judge; I’m a geek after all), don’t dare to say the last part with the power. Fearing that it could actually sever every bond I have to the world of fantasy. Stupid? Maybe.
But words have power, and even those who don’t believe in the phantasm have to admit that. Choose the right words, anywhere, and it might just bring you success. Or failure. “The feather is mightier than the sword” is not only an episode of Xena, but actually kind of a universal truth. Know your way with words, and you’ll you how to defeat and conquer everything.
Here, the words, as they are said by Sarah, defeat Jareth, seemingly destroy his realm (or at least his castle and basis for his power) and send her back to her own world/reality. What happens then – no one knows. There are many fantastic fanfics that deal with what happens after the movie, what consequences her words for the Labyrinth and Jareth have.
Parallel worlds, fantasy words, other-worldly life is nothing I doubt. I think it would be quite presumptuous to think we are along. Fables, myths and legends come from people strongly believing that there is more to this world than just what we see. Surely it also comes from us often being unable to explain certain things, and it is easier to ‘blame’ any supposedly non-existent beings than admitting that it just happened and there has to be a scientifically sound explanation, even if we don’t know it (yet).
So do we want to destroy our fantasy? The phantasm that is something unknown, but in our imagination so fascinating and beautiful? I don’t dare to say this last part, fearing that somewhere, sometime, it may just have an effect I never intended it to have. Destroy a world that need to exist.
At least in our minds.