I love fairytales. My favorite Disney™ animated film is still Cinderella. Oh sure… I like most of them, even with the creative license the screenwriters take, though sometimes they take it too far (*cough* Pocahontas *cough* Little Mermaid *cough*). Reading them in their original wording is far more sinister and suspenseful than Stephen King.
The other day I was chatting with Hubby via text messages. He had mentioned he had seen a children’s book of stories at the market, and had recognized some words. I had to laugh, because he told me he tried reading Goldilocks.
Me: Not to spoil it for you, but she breaks into a house, steals food and breaks furniture, finally passing out from her wild rampage.
Hubby: Really?!? She seems like such a nice little girl.
Me: Her name is a thinly veiled reference to her cat burglar days, when she would break the safe locks to steal gold. Do not be fooled!!
And of course, the ultimate fairytale has to be The Wizard of Oz.
Placed in appropriate context, any story can be a fairytale. Likewise, any fairytale can become bitter reality.
It’s all a question of angles 😉
February 6th, 2012 at 9:32 AM
Buttercup recently read a book of the original Grimm’s fairy tales. She was amazed at the differences and wished they would make movies out of the real ones!
February 6th, 2012 at 9:33 AM
My head hurts….
February 6th, 2012 at 10:29 AM
I’m with the Queen. They should make movies out of the original Grimm’s fairy tales.
Of course, watching ravens pluck the eyes out of the evil queen might be a bit hard for the little ones to watch. I believe that was from “The Snow Queen.”
February 6th, 2012 at 10:34 AM
you do realize that the ant in the story of The Ant and The Grasshopper is a racist, corporate capitalist, heartless, unfeeling and self serving and far to evil to be read to impressionable babes just graduating from college, don’t you? Who knew?
Then there is that fat woman who starved her husband and the one who chopped up mice for running up her clock and don’t forget about the three men in a tub…..oh the innuendo in all those fairy tails. Funny when I was a kid I never saw any of that….
February 6th, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Yeah, ‘rub a dub dub, three men in a tub.” Nasty stuff.
You left out old Peter, who put his wife in a pumpkin shell. Question was, how did he make her fit? With imagination, the possibilities are endless.
February 6th, 2012 at 11:01 AM
LOL, I best not let my imagination run away with me!
February 6th, 2012 at 11:42 AM
The film “The Brothers Grimm” by Terry Gilliam was an interesting take on old fairy tales.
February 6th, 2012 at 12:02 PM
We’ll have to come up with a new name for these stories soon, as “fairy” is no doubt offensive to some oversensitive souls.
February 6th, 2012 at 3:34 PM
How about “Stories equivalent to the same level of reality as imaginary spritely flying things”.
Sheeesh, not only PC but very governmentise!!
February 6th, 2012 at 5:59 PM
OT, but Puerto Rico is saying Enough is enough! We have had it with these murtha forking iguanas on this mothra flocking Island!
February 6th, 2012 at 9:27 PM
Never did I see iguanas all over the place like that!
February 7th, 2012 at 9:13 AM
DEATH TO IGUANAS!
Dont get me started on Lil Red Riding Hood….
February 7th, 2012 at 9:38 AM
February 7th, 2012 at 5:07 PM
Ok not to be a pain, but some of you are quoting lines from rhymes mostly known as Mother Goose Tales. Sorry occasionally things learned in that stupid class I had to take “Children’s Literature” for my teaching degree fight their way into my consciousness. And to think I didn’t think I paid much attention in that class.