The Evolution of Fairy Tales
Fairy tales are a fundamental part of the human experience, an extension of the oral traditions of the earliest storytellers, and part of culture that becomes internalized. In part, the importance of fairy tales is their ability to change with the needs of the society that retells them. The Guardian takes a look at the recent history of the fairy tale, which, of course, is once again changing:
No more sweet, biddable girls: in family entertainment, heroines have become fast-talking, athletic and indomitable; they take on all-comers, especially would-be lovers, and they show no sign of falling in love, let alone into a tender reverie as in the bad old days of Disney’s Cinders.