Evolution of Fairy Tales: Sleeping Beauty

Today I’m going to tackle the story of Sleeping Beauty. I’ll be comparing the version written by Charles Perrault in 1697 to the 1959 animate Disney film. Perrault’s version seems to be inspired by an Italian tale called Sun, Moon, and Talia, written by Giambattista Basile in 1634. It’s not quite so family friendly, soContinue reading “Evolution of Fairy Tales: Sleeping Beauty”

Recommendation: Snow White

One of my favorite versions of Snow White is Gail Carson Levine’s Fairest. Gail Carson Levine is well known for her fairy tale retellings, with her most famous one being Ella Enchanted. Fairest takes place in the same world, with a few of the same characters. The story follows Ava, the adopted daughter of an innkeeper andContinue reading “Recommendation: Snow White”

Evolution of Fairy Tales: Snow White

Today we delve into the world of Snow White. I’ll be comparing the Brothers Grimm version, first published in 1812, to the 1937 Disney film.   The Young Princess Grimm: Snow White is born a princess, named after her mother wishes for a child as white as snow. Soon after the girl’s birth, the QueenContinue reading “Evolution of Fairy Tales: Snow White”

Recommendation: The Little Mermaid

Despite the number of fairy tale adaptations, modernizations, and retellings I’ve read, I’ve yet to come across any based on The Little Mermaid. So if I were to recommend any version, it would have to be the Broadway show. It’s essentially the Disney movie with more songs. The music is beautiful and well-performed. I doContinue reading “Recommendation: The Little Mermaid”

Evolution of Fairy Tales: The Little Mermaid

Today I’m going to tackle one of the stories that has changed the most drastically over the years. I’ll be comparing the original tale, published by Hans Christian Anderson in 1837 and the popular 1989 Disney film. The Little Mermaid Anderson: The Little Mermaid, who remains nameless through the story, lives with her father, the sea-king,Continue reading “Evolution of Fairy Tales: The Little Mermaid”

Evolution of Fairy Tales: Cinderella

I’ve decided to do a series here about how fairy tales have evolved over the years. To illustrate this, I’ll be comparing the original story to the Disney versions, as those are the most well known. I’ll begin with Cinderella. The story was first written by the Charles Perrault in 1697 and the Disney animatedContinue reading “Evolution of Fairy Tales: Cinderella”