The Gruesome Brothers Grimm
I don’t want to bash the brothers too hard, but when I realized that the stories that I was really fond of as a kid were in fact a not as “G rated” as I thought, I was a bit shocked. To say the least.
It’s a little disturbing to realize that while Cinderella didn’t have mice, she did have birds that helped her and eventually plucked the eyes out of her step-sisters after her wedding to the prince. Or that Snow White’s mother, not evil step-mother, is the one who originally was jealous of her.
Granted, the brothers collected these tales before putting their own spin on them, but it’s disturbing to realize that the history behind these famous stories are a little darker than we thought. Now I realize that the original stories probably didn’t have happy-go-lucky characters always skipping through fields of flowers while singing catchy songs, but I was a little bummed that some of these stories really weren’t originally written with a happily-ever-after; something that I look for in a good story.
Something that I have in common with them though is that we all love stories. The brothers were fascinated by folk tales. I can understand this, having been a bookworm almost all my life. If I’m not surrounded by books, I’m on my laptop immersed in the next story I’m creating. So, I can relate to the brothers in this respect.
What about you? Did you love stories like this when you were young? Which was your favorite and why?