Once Upon A Time – Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Have you watched the ABC show Once Upon A Time?

It is really good!  It is based on the fairy tales we heard as kids.  When my husband and I started watching the show (Sundays at 9 pm EST) we weren’t exactly sure about Rumpelstiltskin’s story.  It started bugging me that I couldn’t remember it, so I found the book of fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm.

 

Grimm’s Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm contains more than two hundred fairy tales.  Rumpelstiltskin, Little Red Cap (aka Little Red Riding Hood), Tom Thumb, Rapunzel, The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids, Ashputtel, The Golden Goose, The Salad, Snow-White and Rose-Red.

Per Wikipedia, the first volume of fairy tales was written in 1812.  There were eighty-six “children’s tales” in the first volume.  The second volume of seventy tales followed in 1814. By the time the seventh edition was printed in 1857, stories had been added and removed.  The seventh edition held two-hundred and eleven tales.

These stories were called children’s tales, but were not found to be suitable for children.  Finally, in 1825, they published a more suitable version that would be suitable for children.  It was called the small edition, and it was published at least ten times between 1825 and 1858.

I have not made it through all two-hundred eleven fairy tales yet, but I can honestly say that I can see why these stories were not suitable for children.  Well, I need to rephrase that.  I can see why my parents wouldn’t let us read them.  Kids today see all kinds of movies, television shows, and video games that my parents wouldn’t have allowed in our house.  These times they are a changing.  Now I sound old.

The stories are, for lack of a better word, grim.  There’s more violence than what you would expect.  I plan on reading Rapunzel next, I hear that it isn’t anything like the Disney version.

I am really anxious to watch the rest of the Once Upon A Time series to see how deep they delve into these fairy tales.

I encourage you to pick up a copy of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales.  There are many, many different versions out there.  Pick one, and take a step back in time.  Read these childhood tales, and see if they are like anything you remember.

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3 Responses

  1. Interesting, Julie. I had a book of fairy tales (not sure if it was Grimm) that I used to read and I remember being shocked at how scary and violent they were compared to the sanitized version we give to little kids. But compelling.

    One that sticks in my head was the story of Sleeping Beauty. The would-be suitors had to scale a wall of ice, and the ground below was littered with their dead bodies. The man who made it grew out his fingernails and toenails and used them like ice cleats. Based on his appearance by the time he got to the top, he likely would have freaked out the princess rather than inspiring instant love. 😉

  2. I have a couple of volumes of the tales, I think the “small” versions, from childhood. I’ve skimmed volumes that had the originals and they were not only gruesomely violent, but also full of bigotry, sexism, and other stomach-turning traits.

    I’m enjoying the show—I love Henry!—though I’m kind of disgruntled by the complete lack of good people in the town. No one stands up to the mayor or Mr. Gold, everyone is under their thumbs or actively working for them, and the sheriff, who (as far as I can tell) is supposed to be a love interest for Emma, is sleeping with the enemy!

    The last episode ended hopefully, though, so I’ll keep watching to see what happens next! 🙂

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