They remind us that the larger world is inherently complex, that the lessons imparted by stories of wicked creatures and good-hearted men and women rarely apply in our world.
Posts Tagged: fairytales
What’s a witch? Green skin, warts, and broomsticks? A hag bent over a foul, steaming cauldron? A cold-blooded queen in a wardrobe? One thing’s for certain: witches are feared and powerful. And they’re women. Maybe being a witch isn’t so bad after all....more
For Tor.com, Mari Ness writes on the long history of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, starting with second century CE Roman writer Apuleius and through its later rebirths in the 18th and 19th centuries....more
While the Brothers Grimm were collecting fairytales and folklore around Germany, another historian was doing the same thing.
His name was Franz Xaver von Schönwerth, and the 500 fairytales he recorded in Bavaria were only recently uncovered....more
We all know the common fairy tale. There’s a man and a woman—rarely, if ever, do we see stories about a woman and a woman or a man and a man—who must overcome some obstacle to reach happily ever after....more