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Writer's Block: Grimm Question 
6th-Jun-2009 05:05 pm
What was your favorite fairy tale as a child?

I know they're not the most popular fairy tales but I've always loved Aschenputtel***, The Goose Girl, and The Six Swans****.

*** A gorier version of Cinderella in which Aschenputtel/Cinderella's wishes are granted by a tree growing on her mother's grave and some birds. My favourite part of the story was where the evil step-sisters mutilate their feet -- one cut off her toes, the other her heel -- in order to fit into the glass slipper and win the prince's hand. Their deceptions are unmasked when a bird alerts the prince by singing something like "There's blood in her shoe! This is not the bride for you!".

****Randomly, Juliet Marillier based Daughter of the Forest (which is a breathtakingly lovely story) on that fairy tale. One of my favourite fantasty stories.
6th-Jun-2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
That's actually the original Cinderella as told by the Grimm Brothers. I was totally shocked when I read that version recently!
6th-Jun-2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
I had a really old book of fairytales when I was a child and it had a lot of original versions of those stories. I remember being strangely disappointed when I read a more modern version of Cinderella and there wasn't any mention of the mutilations or blood.
6th-Jun-2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Randomly, Juliet Marillier based Daughter of the Forest

OMG, seriously? I've read that book (and loved it when I did) and I had nooo idea.

I'm always amazed at how much more gruesome the Grimm Brothers' stories were. I need to read some of them, methinks. lol (that came off sounding weird! hah)
6th-Jun-2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
Have you read any of the sequels? They're amazing too (but my favourite is always going to be Daughter of the Forest). I saw Juliet Marillier speak once at a writing festival here in Melbourne. The sad thing? I can't even remember what she looked like, what she was speaking about, or if she was any good as a speaker. I just remember being all "OMG YOU WROTE THAT BOOK I LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" and fangirling silently.

I love the original Grimm Brothers' stories. I think I'd rather them that the more sanities Disney-ish ones. Weird? Bah. I need to read more of them too. I'd love to find a copy of some of the old ones I used to like.
8th-Jun-2009 06:50 am (UTC)
I did read both of them (personally, I always loved the second book best cause I loved that guy in it). And lol, you are so freakign cute! I used to be in a Yahoo!group for her (well, I still am, I believe... maybe... it's probably just totally inactive. Or I left it and forgot, but that is not the point! lol) for her and she was actually IN it too, and talked to her fans. She always seemed really, really nice.

I don't know if I've ever really read that many of them but I am thinking this is something that really needs to be corrected. I love fairy tales and fables and blah blah all that crap. LOL Dark ones seem much more intriguing than the yay happiness and butterflies and cute little puppy dogs type Disney ones. (though those have their place, I spose!)
8th-Jun-2009 07:37 am (UTC)
Pfft. Any cuteness I may possess pales into, uh, something very pale in comparison with YOUR cuteness. *molesting and typing at the same time -- multitasking is a wonderful thing!* :)

Oh god. I'm on so many yahoo!groups -- or used to be -- and I don't think I even bother to read half of them. If anyone thinks I'm bad with comments on here they should feel sorry for anyone I've ever conversed with on the yahoo!groups emails. Ooh, but she was actually IN it? I think she was quite nice in the thing I saw her speaking in. But...I was so overcome with fannish adoration that really she could've screamed "YOU ALL SUCK!" and I'd probably have thought "Yes, yes we do! God, she's so insightful! And so talented too!" *g*.

I think I had a book of the older ones when I was a child but I'm not sure what happened to it. When we came over to Australia we could only take a certain amount of things with us (I think it worked out to seven suitcases, which probably sounds like a lot but when you're a grown woman -- my mum -- and two small children, it really wasn't) so a lot got left behind. I think the fairytale book was one of them. I wonder if there's a website somewhere that has them. If I wasn't so lazy I'd look it up!
9th-Jun-2009 03:18 am (UTC)
You know what's something very pale? MOI! lol I half expect my skin to actually emit light at nighttime, I'm so pale. lol But, to the point? My cuteness < your cuteness! (and I am thoroughly impressed at your multi-tasking abilities! *gives you a gold star* And by that I of course mean a very naked gold star. As is the custom here. *whistles*

LMAO! I kinda wish she had done that just for the sheer LULZ-iness of it all. But yeah,omg. I got rid of most of my Y!G cause I just did not keep up with them. I'm still in a few but they have pretty much no activity so it's very easy to ignore them. lol (Besides being nice, I totally remember her ragging on the ginger kid who plays Ron in the Harry Potter movies and how his acting just making fuckity faces. Which made me lol. And btw, she did not in fact say FUCKITY. lol)

OMG, how come it was only seven? And that is really not very much at all for 3 people. I don't think I could compress all my stuff into seven. I'm a total packrat and it's just.. how the hell can you fit a life into seven suitcases?
6th-Jun-2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Mmm, fairy tales. BLOODY. :D
6th-Jun-2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
*glares at LJ* Wtf LJ? Post my other comment in the wrong darned place? Grr *beats it with a stick*.

Sorry, hun. I think I just gave you elandae's comment by mistake.

Fairy tales...definitely bloody. And kind of more-ish. Especially the earlier ones. (I like the gorier versions. That doesn't make me a bad person? Does it? *hides face*)
6th-Jun-2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
It's a conspiracy!

(Not at all! <3)
6th-Jun-2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
It issssss! It ISSSSS!

(Actually I think it's my laptop. It keeps randomly losing comments and things when I'm trying to type them *refuses to condsider the possibility that she's being clumsy and hitting some 'comment deleting' button while trying to type. nope. not her*).

Yay for not being a bad person (in this regard, at least *g*) <33
6th-Jun-2009 11:27 pm (UTC)

(Ooer. Blame the laptop, blame it!)

*cuddles lovely!you*
8th-Jun-2009 07:32 am (UTC)
Blaming anything other than myself is...what I usually do ;)

*cuddles you LOTSLY*
7th-Jun-2009 12:19 am (UTC)
I've actually never read those versions of the fairy tales. :( Although I should eventually do that.

I do of course have to insert my little history lesson here, because I listened to a podcast about the Grimm Brothers & the Pied Piper. Apparently the original 'fairy tales' weren't actually meant to be stories. They were actually recording things that had happened in Germany. Apparently Nepoleon was in the process of taking over a lot of Europe, and so they thought he would come into Germany and their history and culture would be lost. So they wrote it down. So there you go. :) End of history lesson 101.
7th-Jun-2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
I tend to like the gorier versions better (me? Like gory horror-ish stuff? Oh surely not *g*). You should. They're much better than the Disney-ified versions I think.

History lessons are gooooood. I think that's what that tv show (on sbs or abc?) was talking about. The one that was researching the real Snow White etc. Fascinating stuff!
7th-Jun-2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, and, hey...not sure if these will work for you or not. Just let me know if they don't :)

(Sarah McLachlan - Possession [piano version])

(Evans Blue - Possession)
8th-Jun-2009 06:52 am (UTC)
I love that song... both versions. Lol
8th-Jun-2009 07:29 am (UTC)
Me too! (Though I've only had the Evans Blue version for about a week now. It's totally won me over though and is on almost constant repeat on my mp3 player) :)
9th-Jun-2009 03:19 am (UTC)
Their whole album is pretty decent... I've not heard it that many times but I know I did like it when I did. And also, I love being able to find really good covers of songs. It's always fun to have a new take on a song that you love that's not... y'know, awful.
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