marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

an observation about complaints about fairy tales

The repertoire of fairy tales commonly known in the popular culture is very, very, very limited.  As a consequence, you sometimes get complaints from people about the tales that only speak to their own ignorance.

Like people whose knowledge is summed up by Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel who think that you have to put a feminist twist on one to get a heroine rescuing a hero.  Instead of simply retelling East of the Sun, West of the Moon, Snow-White-Fire-Red, The Twelve Wild Ducks, The Singing, Springing Lark , The Dancing Water, the Singing Apple, and the Speaking Bird, or Kate Crackernuts instead. And many, many, many others if you don't like those.

And these people always take it for granted that the main character is always a girl.  This is also false.  There are tales like The Love of the Three Oranges, Princess on the Glass Hill, The Giant Who Had No Heart in His Body, The Golden Bird, The Greek Princess and the Young Gardener, The Little Bull-Calf,The Red Ettin, and many others.  Do they complain about that?  No, they do not.  Do they really want people to think that fairy tales are a girl thing?
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