Week One Response

I’ve grown up with the fairy tales of Walt Disney: princesses, glass slippers and forbidden fruits. Growing up, I was enchanted by the stories but as I grew older the happy endings and musical scores became cliches. I hope to learn about the origins of fairy tales to help keep my interest in them alive.

I remember being in middle school and learning about the Grimm Brothers original version of the Little Mermaid story and feeling shocked but excited at how gruesome it was. It left me wondering what the purpose of the story was and who it was intended for. Later on I found other stories and nursery rhymes to be equally as dark and my interest peaked for unhappy endings (needless to say I was a big fan of GOT Red Wedding…) and a more realistic approach to fantasy.

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