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WarriorZhanna
January 6th, 2008, 10:40 AM
I'm obsessed with fairy-tales so I thought I'd start this topic. So, what's your favourite written or told fairy-tale?

Mine are:
Snow White
Cinderella
Goldilocks & The 3 Bears
Sleeping Beauty
Beauty & The Beast
Thumbelina
The Arabian Nights
Rapunzel
Little Red Riding Hood
The Wizard of Oz
The Ice/Snow Queen
Lilith
The Light Princess
Vassilissa the Beautiful
Princess Mononoke
Hansel and Gretel
etc

Semjaza
January 6th, 2008, 05:01 PM
I like the originals... The ones that are messy and icky and dirty and not at all suitable for children... For more up-to-date/re-written ones, however, I'm deeply in love with Angela Carter's collection The Bloody Tower.

Cheers,

Semjaza

*raven*
January 6th, 2008, 07:08 PM
Mine's probably The Ice Queen. Actually any Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale is good by me :)

Merrilyn
January 6th, 2008, 07:51 PM
I love Grimm's.

My very favorite is probably Snow White Rose Red.

Crystal Raven
January 6th, 2008, 08:01 PM
Vasilisa and the Baba Yaga

David19
January 6th, 2008, 09:37 PM
I like the originals... The ones that are messy and icky and dirty and not at all suitable for children... For more up-to-date/re-written ones, however, I'm deeply in love with Angela Carter's collection The Bloody Tower.

Cheers,

Semjaza

Speaking of which, do you know where I can read the original fairy tales, the ones that weren't meant for children, I've been trying to read at least some of them, but can't find them (I've read in quite a few places that fairy tales weren't originally meant for kids, and were quite dark and horrific, so naturally, that's right up my street ;)).

Thanks for any help :).

WarriorZhanna
January 7th, 2008, 05:46 AM
I love Grimm's.

My very favorite is probably Snow White Rose Red.

Oh my, I must've forgot this! I love Snow White and Rose Red!

WarriorZhanna
January 7th, 2008, 05:47 AM
Vasilisa and the Baba Yaga

Yay! Another Vassilissa lover! :) I love the name Vassilissa, I think it sounds so sweet..

WarriorZhanna
January 7th, 2008, 05:49 AM
Speaking of which, do you know where I can read the original fairy tales, the ones that weren't meant for children, I've been trying to read at least some of them, but can't find them (I've read in quite a few places that fairy tales weren't originally meant for kids, and were quite dark and horrific, so naturally, that's right up my street ;)).

Thanks for any help :).

I like the originals too and I wish I could read them but it's hard to find them.

For example tales like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty were a bit different in their original form and you can read about it on wikipedia.
Now, Cinderella is said to be one of the oldest fairy-tales of those "Disney" ones. I read on wiki that originally it was an Ancient Egyptian tale of a girl named Rhodopis or something (if I remember correctly) and since I'm such a huge Egypt fan I got really interested but then found out that there's almost nothing about it anywhere else. :(

Actually, the oldest fairy-tales are Ancient Egyptian. Or so wiki said, lol. :)

Astara Seague
January 7th, 2008, 12:05 PM
I love fairy tales and have many books of them old and new.. I found most of them in Thrift stores...if you have one near by maybe you could check it outit takes some digging though through tons of kids books

I just love the artwork in the old ones they are the ones I guess you could say I collect..

Lightning Strike
January 7th, 2008, 12:09 PM
I used to love Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs as a child.

wandcarvr
November 14th, 2008, 05:56 PM
i love all the grimm brothers faerytales ,but i really remember being very scared as a child of the legend of sleepyhollow,but i always came back for more. I guess thats why faerytales are so intriguing. though im not sure legend of sleepy hollow is classified as a faerytale.

Terra Mater
November 14th, 2008, 08:25 PM
Speaking of which, do you know where I can read the original fairy tales, the ones that weren't meant for children, I've been trying to read at least some of them, but can't find them (I've read in quite a few places that fairy tales weren't originally meant for kids, and were quite dark and horrific, so naturally, that's right up my street ;)).

Thanks for any help :).

The original Grimm's fairy tales are easy to find at any library or book store. Just ask the librarian or clerk at the bookstore. Just check to make sure that the listed author is Brothers Grimm and not someone else. Same goes with Hans Christian Andersen's work. If their name is in the title, you are getting the watered down version, if they are credited as the author, then you are getting the real deal.

Also, if the picture on the cover is sweet, cute, and childishly innocent, you most likely have the watered down stuff in your hands.

Specifically, look for the word "unabridged" which means the tales haven't been cut up, watered down, or simplified for the modern mindset.

Shaman7
November 14th, 2008, 08:56 PM
The original Grimm's fairy tales are easy to find at any library or book store. Just ask the librarian or clerk at the bookstore. Just check to make sure that the listed author is Brothers Grimm and not someone else. Same goes with Hans Christian Andersen's work. If their name is in the title, you are getting the watered down version, if they are credited as the author, then you are getting the real deal.

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm actually republished a lot of their early works in a more child-friendly way, in order to market them to parents. There weren't a lot of people, even in those days, who read the graphic fairy tales. I can't remember which volume was which, but there original works are far more interesting than the ones that they republished to appease the masses. I'll look into it....

Check out this site: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/ashliman.html (http://www.pitt.edu/%7Edash/ashliman.html). Dr Ashliman did a lot of great translations of old European fairy tales. He was a well known professor where I went to college, and I took a fairy tale class under one of his colleagues. If you want a book of fairy tales, check out his "Voices From the Past", it is 494 pages of great ones. You might not want to read the these ones to the kids though!

I like the Wild Huntsman tales.

Glowy
November 14th, 2008, 09:04 PM
I love Little Red Riding hood and the symbolisim behind it. I also am partial to the Little Mermaid, Cinderella, and Snow White

David19
December 22nd, 2008, 07:25 PM
The original Grimm's fairy tales are easy to find at any library or book store. Just ask the librarian or clerk at the bookstore. Just check to make sure that the listed author is Brothers Grimm and not someone else. Same goes with Hans Christian Andersen's work. If their name is in the title, you are getting the watered down version, if they are credited as the author, then you are getting the real deal.

Also, if the picture on the cover is sweet, cute, and childishly innocent, you most likely have the watered down stuff in your hands.

Specifically, look for the word "unabridged" which means the tales haven't been cut up, watered down, or simplified for the modern mindset.


Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm actually republished a lot of their early works in a more child-friendly way, in order to market them to parents. There weren't a lot of people, even in those days, who read the graphic fairy tales. I can't remember which volume was which, but there original works are far more interesting than the ones that they republished to appease the masses. I'll look into it....

Check out this site: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/ashliman.html (http://www.pitt.edu/%7Edash/ashliman.html). Dr Ashliman did a lot of great translations of old European fairy tales. He was a well known professor where I went to college, and I took a fairy tale class under one of his colleagues. If you want a book of fairy tales, check out his "Voices From the Past", it is 494 pages of great ones. You might not want to read the these ones to the kids though!

I like the Wild Huntsman tales.

Thanks both of you, from what I've heard, the Grimm brothers did water down a lot of the Fairy Tales they published to make it more suitable for parents to read to their kids, etc. Thanks for that link, Shaman7, I'll definitely try and check out that link too :).

Deerwoman
December 23rd, 2008, 02:04 PM
My favourites are collections of fairy tales that are supposedly true tales such as Yeats Irish Fairy & Folk Tales, The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries, and Sir George Douglas' Scottish Fairy & Folk Tales. They're a lot of fun and usually a lot darker and stranger than more mainstream fairy tales.

Favourite individual tales have to be the Scottish tale Habetrot and the Scantlie Mab and the Russian tales: Vassilisa the Beautiful, The Firebird, and The Frog Princess. I can read them over and over and over.

LunarSoldier
September 11th, 2009, 10:59 AM
I love fairy tales and having a child makes an excuse for me to buy many illustrated fairy tale books :D On that subject, fairy tales are always really magical for me. I love Snow White and Red Riding Hood especially. I prefer the traditional stories, and even the darker versions than Disney fairytales though.

Glowingsun
September 12th, 2009, 01:17 AM
Cinderella
The Wild Swans
Rumplestiltskin
Sleeping Beauty
Goldielocks and the 3 Bears
The Little Mermaid
Hansel and Gretel
The Blue Light
Pinocchio
Snow White
Puss In Boots
The Shoe Elves

Agaliha
September 12th, 2009, 01:52 AM
I like many of them, but my favorite is Beauty & the Beast. I enjoy all variants of it, including the Disney one. :)

BearDancing
September 12th, 2009, 02:04 AM
I can remember reading Ali Baba and the 40 thieves over and over when I was little.................:uhhuhuh:

Windsmith
September 15th, 2009, 04:45 PM
I love Sleeping Beauty. There's something about the fact that she's in her predicament because of curiosity, rather than general girly helplessness, that I find refreshing.

Steffy
September 15th, 2009, 11:30 PM
I loved Thumblelina when I was a kid. I pretty much love all fairy tales. Reading this thread makes me want to dig around in my book shelf for the Grimm's Fairy Tales(the darker ones) and read it again!

Djiril
September 15th, 2009, 11:52 PM
I like The Girl Who Pretended to Be a Boy (http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/053.htm) just because it is so weird. I also like Gold Tree and Silver Tree (http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/fairytale/bl-goldtr.htm) because of how it is resolved.


Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm actually republished a lot of their early works in a more child-friendly way, in order to market them to parents. There weren't a lot of people, even in those days, who read the graphic fairy tales. I can't remember which volume was which, but there original works are far more interesting than the ones that they republished to appease the masses. I'll look into it....
I read that their version of "family friendly" meant taking out all the references to sex and adding more violence, though there were also a few that were removed for being too violent or disturbing.

Two of them can be found here:
http://alderwounds.livejournal.com/3075.html

rook
September 16th, 2009, 01:00 AM
I loved fairy-tales as a kid.... just recently realized that I STILL do! :smile: lol

One of my very favorites, as a kid, was the story of The Ugly Duckling (... tho, I dunno - does that count as "fairly-tale"? :weirdsmil )

I also liked Repunzel, Snow White, and Little Red Riding Hood.

Recently, I got a cool book from the local Half Priced Books store - it's called "Grimms Grimmest" I'm gunna have to really dig into that one! :hahugh: lol But, as of yet, I've only read the first story in it - "The Juniper Tree", which I liked.

I also enjoy the story of Jack and The Beanstalk. :)

. . . and Cinderella ...and The Little Mermaid ... and the story of Blue Beard... Rumplestiltskin... Hansel & Gretel... The Shoemaker and The Elves. . .

And, I'm not sure if it really counts as a fairy-tale, per se', but I've always loved - and still love - the story of The Pied Piper. I still remember the very first time I heard that story.... It's pretty much THE story that made me fall in love with stories. :hearthear

LilithMorgana
September 17th, 2009, 08:39 PM
Cinderella is my favorite fairy tale.

Djiril
September 18th, 2009, 01:00 AM
I like the originals too and I wish I could read them but it's hard to find them.

For example tales like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty were a bit different in their original form and you can read about it on wikipedia.
Now, Cinderella is said to be one of the oldest fairy-tales of those "Disney" ones. I read on wiki that originally it was an Ancient Egyptian tale of a girl named Rhodopis or something (if I remember correctly) and since I'm such a huge Egypt fan I got really interested but then found out that there's almost nothing about it anywhere else. :(

Actually, the oldest fairy-tales are Ancient Egyptian. Or so wiki said, lol. :)
There's a book called "The Egyptian Cinderella" that I remember reading in Elementary School. You can find it here:
http://www.amazon.com/Egyptian-Cinderella-Shirley-Climo/dp/0064432793

Glowingsun
September 18th, 2009, 01:10 AM
I once cried after reading the Gentle Giant. It was sooo sad and unexpected. Nothing said one boy died and came back more than showing the proof. It was jus so eerie.
The even eerier thing was the only time I cried while reading the story was when I was living in a haunted house and I was in my creepy room.

Winter_Witch
February 26th, 2010, 01:56 PM
Sleeping Beauty. I absolutely LOVE it when Maleficent turns into the bada$$ dragon.

AWESOME!!!

Aurora would've been perfect if she had black hair. :hyper: I did feel sorry for her when she pricked her finger on the spindle thing.

The sorceress from Snow White is my all-time favorite villain. I love it when she goes nutso and hysterical after taking that potion.

Isabel
February 26th, 2010, 02:22 PM
I would say Rumplestiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, Thumbelina and The Shoe Elves!

(And now that I'm thinking about it, I think we'll be making a trip to the bookstore this afternoon to find some new books for my daughter!)

parallax
February 27th, 2010, 05:46 PM
I think one of my favorites is "East of the Sun and West of the Moon".
I really love Holly Black's modern fairy tale trilogy, though.

Chaos Hawk
February 27th, 2010, 08:37 PM
I love Fairy Tales :)

My favorites are:

Snow White and Rose Red
The Little Tin Man
The Princess and the Pea
The Crystal Ball
The Garden Of Paradise
The Prince and The Emperors Daughter
The Bold Little Taylor
The Wee Man of the Moors
Jack The Giant Killer (not to be confused with Jack and the Beanstalk)

And all of The 1,001 Arabian Nights.

Calicolynx
October 26th, 2011, 08:51 AM
I love Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales. I'm a big fan of Rumpelstiltskin, and the Three Snake Leaves. I also love the original versions of Cinderella, and Tom Thumb, The Boy Who Had No Fear, Hansel and Gretal, The Tin Soldier, the Little Mermaid, The Twelve Brothers

Also, although not "fairy tales" perse... I love The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, and many different Aesop's Fables.