Lots of fairy-tales and myths have been tragically altered over the years (I'm looking at you, Disney). Don't take me wrong, I love Disney and all that, but there's things they do to literature that gave me a GOOD reason to draw a picture of me throwing Mickey Mouse into an incinerator...
So, I'd like to know what your favourite and least favourite fairy-tales are, and I just hope I can change at least one person's mind about fairy tales and myths being lame or weird. So... WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE AND LEAST FAVOURITE FAIRY TALE OR MYTH?
Hard when who thinks of such things? I like then - 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. No non-favorites come to mind.
My favorite would have to be Alice in Wonderland. Least favorite would definitely be Cinderella.
Why do you like/dislike them? (I'm looking for scenes or themes in them that u like/don't like.
I love the mad hatter and the cheshire cat. I guesss I love it because the whole thing is so odd. I fell back in love with it after watching sci fi's little two part movie. It's just so quirky.
I hate Cinderella because I don't think anyone should think finding some prince to marry is a worthy aspiration. The whole Prince Charming genre of fairy tales should be shelved.
Actually, the original fairy tale conveyed Cinderella as going out to find her Prince, not waiting at home for one. The Grimm version (my favourite Cinderella) even has Cinderella getting HERSELF ready for the ball. No fairy-dependency required. Very feminist.
You are joking? Whether they met by accident, or she went looking; the story still has a woman looking for a husband. As if that is what women are expected to aspire to. I don't see it as feminist, at all.
So you don't ever wanna find ur true love?
True love doesn't consist of finding prince charming. That's fairy tale. That whole storyline degrades the strengths and value of a woman. I think it's am emotionally stunted way to view a relationship. But, that's just me.
Prince Charming is a metaphor for your true love. It's like that in all fairy tales with him. Just like Princess Charming is my true love.
No. Prince Charming represents wining the lottery or something. He's a Prince. It means you get wealth, title, position and power. Simply by snaking the right guy. She didn't work for anything. She just became an extension of some guy.
I can see your perspective about Princess Charming though. I guess the Cinderella type is a lot of guy's dream girl.
btw, have u seen the Hallmark version of Alice in Wonderland? I think it's the best EVAH.
I haven't. I'll keep an eye out; but if it beats sci fi I'll be shocked. Kathy Bates was perfect as the Queen of Hearts, and the scene where Alice first met the Hatter was hilarious. I have it recorded and I'll play it three or four times before I continue on in the movie.
I like them all really, I really don't dislike any that I know of.
Of course I worked in a daycare center and we were always reading books to the kids so I came to appreciate them for what they were.
While some entertained and some had a moral and still some were meant to teach something thats what I liked about them.
As far as Disney goes I have always liked disney and really I feel in this day and age if it weren't for disney or other forms of entertainment most kids would never even become familiar with any of these stories. Even if disney does take certain liberties at times.
I really liked fairy tales but I also like fables and mother goose stories for little children.
Certain liberties at times? You understand that in the original Snow White, the queen tried to kill Snow 3 times before ultimately dying at the end when she (depending on which edition of the Grimm's fairy tales you read) either had a heart attack from seeing Snow White still alive, or was forced to dance to death in hot iron slippers at Snow's wedding. In the original Cinderella, the stepsisters tried so hard to get the shoe on that their feet bled (in some versions they even secretly cut off their heels and toes to fit, but of course were discovered by the blood running out of the shoe). There are many more morbid yet slightly wonderful elements of the stories that were eliminated or completely altered by Disney for their movies (some that weren't even gory but simply weren't good enough to be in the movie). The Disney movies are GREAT, but claiming to be the original fairy tales is where I draw the line.
I don't think disney ever said that these were the original fairy tales in their entirety. but I could be wrong.
In any case most people don't know the whole story of any of them and unless they take an interest in looking them up they never will. At least they do get a small story about them.
I personally would love to see more done with Hans Christian Anderson stories as well.
Of all the myths I've read. I can't seem to forget about the story of Pygmalion and Galatea.. so I guess that happens to be my favorite..
and ahmm..Cupid and Psyche's story too..
Ah yes. Those r good ones. Cupid and Psyche is up there in my "Favourite Myths" list. Why do u like them?
oh yes I forgot the "why?"
With Pygmalion and Galatea..their story was such a myth, a story that could never happen but was still aspired by those who read it..wouldn't it be nice if you could make your partner in your own patern...lolz
and with Cupid and Psyche, it was just mushy story. the love-match god startled by a glance of a girl, accidentally scratch himself with his own arrow and fell inlove.
(I hate this kind of conversation, makes me feel all so girly inside..)
I'm prescribing "Lily and the Lion" (by the Grimms), "The Black Bull of Norway", and "East O' the Sun, West O' the Moon" (by Abjornson and Moe). For ur girly feeling, I'm prescribing several blockbuster action movies and a quick glance at the Grimms' fairy-tale "The Juniper Tree".
Personally, I am a bit on the morbid side. Any of the Grimm fairy tales tickle me. I love the story of Baba Yaga. Who doesn't want a house personified as a chicken?
Same here. ha. I actually find the gruesome bits of the Grimm's fairy tales nice and classic. It gives the fairy tale that special umph that makes it memorable (it's hard to forget the image of white heavenly doves bloodily pecking out the eyes of Cinderella's sisters).
I've recently written my second monologue-form adaptation to the fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood. I would have to say that story is one of my favorite fairy tales. But, Goldilocks and various others come to mind, too. In fact, on one of my websites, I'm adapting 500+ fairy tales to be skits, plays and such. Admittedly, the technical aspects are a lot less fun than the fairy tales themselves.
Make sure you follow the originals! (I wanna see Lil' Red eating parts of her gramma!)
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