Fairy tales weren't invented by Disney, you know. A lot of fairy tales have become sanitised over the years, and their original status as nasty stories has been lost to avoid scaring the children. Here are some fairy tales in their original form, rather than the watered down edited versions around today.
10. Little Red Riding Hood.
The version most people are familiar with ends up with the wolf, having devoured both the little girl and her grandmother, gets cut open by the heroic woodcutter, thus saving both victims from death. This is an edit that was tacked on to the story to add a feelgood factor. In the original, the wolf gobbles up Little Red Riding Hood after some back and forth about how big "Grandma"'s eyes and teeth are. The end. She's dead. Sucks to be her.
9. Goldilocks And The Three Bears.
Yeah, we all know this one; a little girl breaks into the house of three bears and proceeds to steal their porridge and fall asleep in baby bear's bed. But that's where the edit comes in; in the sanitised version, Goldilocks escapes. In the real version, Goldilocks isn't a little girl but an adult woman, and the bears tear her apart and eat her when they find her sleeping in the bed.
8. Snow White.
In the original version, the wicked queen is Snow White's mother, not stepmother... and she orders the woodcutter to cut out her daughter's heart and liver, and bring them to her so she can eat them. Snow White is also described as being a child, which makes the prince's motives a little suspect. And finally, at the wedding, Snow White recognises her mother and the wicked queen is forced to dance in a pair of red hot shoes til she falls down dead.
Yes, Cinderella IS helped by birds... but they're not just dressing her or helping her with her stepmother's tasks, oh no. These birds later get revenge for Cinderella after her stepsisters hack off their toes and parts of their feet to try and get them to fit in the glass slipper. The birds notice the blood running out the shoe and inform the prince. Afterwards, they peck out the eyes of the stepmother and stepsisters, leaving them to a life of blindness and poverty.
Telling lies is a bad idea... especially if your fib is about how your daughter can spin straw into gold. Once the king hears of this, he says that unless the girl can spin a barn full of straw into gold, she will be spitted on a lance and roasted like a pig. Luckily, or so it seems, there is Rumplestiltskin who comes to the rescue in return for the girl's first born son. When she learns his name and cheats him out of his prize, Rumplestiltskin is so angry he stamps the ground, gets his foot stuck and then tears his body in two.
5. The Goosegirl.
Including this cuz altho it hasn't yet been made into a Disney film, the story is just too gory to pass up. First, the princess's mother cuts her finger and gives the blood soaked hanky to her daughter for protection; the princess eventually loses it so her maid forces her to swap places with her. When they arrive at the prince's castle, the princess's talking horse Falada is slaughtered and his head nailed up on an archway. Eventually things go right and the false bride gets tricked into choosing her own execution, which is to be stripped naked and put into a barrel lined with sharp nails. Two white horses are to be harnessed to the barrel and she is to be dragged all over the country til she is dead.
4. Hansel And Gretal.
Yeah, the lost in the forest bit is right, but look at what happens after. No gingerbread house or witch, but a wicked old devil who swoops on the children with the intention of bleeding them out and eating them. The devil puts together a saw'horse to put one of the children on to bleed to death. The children pretend not to know how to get on the saw'horse so the devilís wife demonstrates. While she is lying down the kids slash her throat and escape.
3. The Fairies.
Included here for the truly yucky aspect. Two sisters each meet a fairy when sent to fetch water from the well. The good sister is nice to the fairy, who is disguised as an old woman, and in return the fairy gives her the gift of having gold and jewels come from her mouth when she talks. Her sister is rude to the fairy, so gets the curse of having slugs and toads fall from her mouth. The good sister gets kicked out of her home after her mother blames her, and has the luck to meet a prince who knows he's on to a good thing when his bride spits out a couple of diamonds and some gold coins. The bad sister, on the other hand, also gets kicked out; but she ends up dying of starvation in the forest cuz no-one wants to give her a home.
2. Sleeping Beauty.
In the original version, the princess is named Talia and she falls asleep due to idle curiosity; she touches the spindle and a fleck of wood gets lodged under her fingernail. She's put away in a castle and left to it. A noble finds her and fancies her so much that he rapes her. Talia gives birth to twins and good fairies take care of her. She's still asleep, but wakes up when her son sucks her finger and removes the splinter. Now, the noble wants to marry her, but he's already married. His wife is an evil ogress who orders the cook to kill Talia's children and serve them up for dinner. The cook instead hides the children away and gives the ogress two lambs instead. Eventually, the ogress ends up being burned to death after the noble finally catches on that she's evil, and Talia marries her rapist and lives happily ever after.
1. The Little Mermaid.
The sea witch cuts out her tongue, rather than just takes her voice and to walk on her feet is like walking on red hot knives. In the Disney version, the film ends with Ariel the mermaid being changed into a human so she can marry Eric. But, in the very first version by Hans Christian Andersen, the mermaid sees the Prince marry a princess and she despairs. She is offered a knife with which to stab the prince to death, but rather than do that she jumps into the sea and dies by turning to sea foam. Hans Christian Andersen modified the ending slightly, probably to make it sound nicer. The mermaid gets turned into an angel... but she's still flipping well dead.
Shannon Hale wrote an extended version of "The Goose Girl." She came and talked to my class in 6th grade...in 2005...anyway, good book, not watered down. Still gritty. Apparently, in the original version, the princess won't say she's the real princess until the prince or king or whomever tricks her into talking into an iron stove...I remember ms. hale saying that was one of the parts that made little to no sense.
Also, in the version I read of The Little Mermaid, she almost stabs the prince, but can't bring herself to do it and stabs herself instead, then is turned into sea foam. But she's turned into an angel for not committing murder.
You know what's a good version of not watered down fairy-tales? the musical "Into The Woods" by Stephen Sondheim. It includes all the nasty things that happen to Cinderella's step family. I want to say the fairy-tales in it are Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and something about a baker and his wife, to name a few. My mom says she hates it because it's so dark, but I loved it. The music and the story are very captivating.
Another fairy tale with a gruesome ending is The Red Shoes. It's about a girl who doesn't go to church, so she's forced to dance in her red shoes til she's driven to cutting off her feet.
In all of the old fairy tales, the characters shoes would represent aspects of their ******s (e.g. virginity, masterbation, rape or just their ******)
So in red shoes when she was thinking about her shoes in church, she was thinking about sex, and then after she couldn't stop "dancing" in her "shoes".
then when she gets her feet cut off, she is really cutting herself away from that part of her life and becoming a nun. :neutral:
I can't quick remember where I read that, but it was a very interesting book.
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