GRIMM'S COMPLETE FAIRY TALES
So I know I mostly talk about television and movies here, but I was just thinking about one of my favourite books of all time... Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales so that’s what I’ve decided to write about today.
I received this book in a rather roundabout way. Growing up my grandparents lived in a housing complex and sometimes when I went to visit they would find me someone my age to play with. I often played with one girl (but don’t ask me for her name now!) and unfortunately her house had had a fire in it and with their insurance claim they had to throw out a lot of books that were perfectly fine, but smelt slightly of smoke. So among a couple other books I grabbed this one.
To be honest with you, I don’t even remember how old I was when I got this book. I’m guessing it was probably in the 10-12years old range. In any case; I read a couple stories and grew incredibly frustrated at the fact they had nothing to do with my favourite Disney movies. I sort of leafed through the book and I remember even then being astonished at how gruesome and grotesque some of the stories really were.
I find it fascinating that these stories have stayed with us through the ages, and find it even stranger that these are the stories we tell kids today. The darker elements of some of these tales are so creepy and effective that I like the idea of them being there. In truth, these were not meant to be children’s tales, they were told by adults to other adults. I know that a lot of filmmakers are returning to that truth. Several fairytale inspired movies have come out and several are coming up in the future that are a lot darker in tone: Sleepy Hollow 1999, Stardust 2007, The Neverending Story 1984, Pan’s Labyrinth 2006, and there are a bunch of Snow White movies slated for the next couple of years. Movies that aren’t afraid of going into darker themes and grotesque filmmaking techniques (I’m looking at you Sleepy Hollow.... all that blood! But I still love you)
So all in all, I’m glad I dumpster dove for this book. I love these slightly dark and endearing stories, and I think you would too. If you ever get a chance to pick up a copy, or read the original stories somewhere online... Do it!
Best Random Parts of the Book:
Names like Rinkrank, Katrinelje, Hulda and Rumplestilskin. Hardcover. 211 stories in all, probably about 150 that you’ve never heard of before.