marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

grumble on fairy tales

Was reading something about fairy tales.  A recommendation to read non-European fairy tales -- and why?  Because if you are only familiar with Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, you don't get an idea for the variant possible.

To which I say, if you think Snow White and Sleeping Beauty exhaust the potential of European fairy tales, you probably ought to read more of them as well.

Especially since this person went on to say that if Snow White had not been a princess, she would not have featured in a fairy tale.  Oh?  Bella Venezia is the daughter of an innkeeper.  Myrsina is the youngest of three impoverished orphaned sisters.  Nourie Hadig is the daughter of peasants.  And all three of them come from European variants of Snow White.

(grumble, grumble, grump, grump, grump.  GROUSE.)

Tags: fairy tales, rants, reading

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