I happen to collect stories...hey everyone has to have a hobby. I mean grimm's fairytales, the stories of Charles Perrault, Pentamerone, the 1001 arabian nights, the Wizard of Oz books, Alice in Wonderland, and other "escapist children's literature" as I put it.
So I thought it would be good to ask...
what are your faveourite fairytales, or children's books?
The Snow Queen A Beautiful story about the value of friendship and love. Kay and Gerda and their adventures in a magical world where each season is looked over by a beautiful maiden. From the Snow Queen and her icy palace to the Lady of Spring and her garden that's eternally spring even when it's winter outside. Sure the original Hans Christian Andersen version is ripe with christian symbolism, but it doesnt detract from the beautiful story.
The Little Mermaid The original story is full of themes of lost love, and learning to wait til one is ready for love. I love the concept of the little mermaid having to endure the feeling of walking on blades when walking on land because it isn't her natural habitat. Which wasn't a part of the Disney adaptation. In the end the Little Mermaid becomes a daughter of the air and gets to watch over the prince she loved so much for all eternity...kind of sad when you want her to be with the prince and live happily ever after, but this is after all a victorian fairytale, and the victorian era was very very gloomy.
Puss n' Boots Not many people are familiar with the story. Besides the iconic figure of a cat that dresses like one of the three musketeers, and of course his starring role in Shrek 2 and 3. But when you read the story you'll find it very funny that Puss was hired to kill Shrek in Shrek 2. As Puss originally killed an ogre in his original story. I personally like this story because I love trickster characters. Puss not only pulls the strings to put his master in a higher social class...but arranges so that he can live in the lap of luxury. Kind of a feline fairy godmother. And who wouldn't want a fluffy kitten to arrange for you to find your match.
The Wizard of Oz America's very own fairytale. Everyone knows the basic premise of the story from the classic 1939 film. Everyone knows the characters. Everyone wishes to be taken away by a twister and taken to a technicolour landscape where you can wear fabulous shoes and befriend talking scarecrows, tap dancing tin men, and lions scared of their own shadows. But after all these amazing adventures you share with Dorothy in Oz, you realize one thing....
...there's no place like home.
Beauty and the Beast The Disney adaptation keeps VERY close to the original story. I think more children need to be exposed to this story and learn that beauty really is on the inside. Appearances truly are deceiving in this tale- and many others like it in the era were meant to teach girls to accept their potential husbands, as in that time fathers would marry off their daughters to gain social standing and wealth. However I choose to look past that and think instead of the message of beauty being on the inside.
Pippi Longstocking When I was a child my mother would read this book to me EVERY night. As well as others in the series. I would love to hear the stories of this little girl who couldn't be kept down by the world. I'll always remember when she took the local children to the candy store and treated them all to whatever candy they wished..or how she went to a store and just wanted to buy a mannequin arm, or when she went to the circus and ended up with a tiger as a pet. As a Child I was drawn to the wacky nature of the stories. I wanted Pippi as a best friend. Recently I bought the books for my little sister and she too loves the stories as much as I did.
there are many more stories like this that I adore. But these are the first ones off the top of my head I wanted to mention
So what are yourse and why?