Friday, March 30, 2012

Article:Five Fun Facts About Snow White

I know - you think these will be trite and you will have read them a thousand places before but these ones are a little different. Although it's essentially a promo for Mirror Mirror the writer in this case is aware it's the 200th anniversary of Grimm's Household Tales and goes on to prove they did a bit of research for the piece.

Here's a couple of excerpts from the StarPulse article:
1) The original tale that the Brothers Grimm collected painted Snow White’s mother, not stepmother, as the villain who wanted her dead.  Snow’s mom is also the one who brings her out to the woods to be lost (instead of sending a huntsman out to kill her).  The switch was made from mother to stepmother to presumably make the story less frightening to children. 
3) In 1979, British novelist Angela Carter put her own adult spin on many fairy tales in her book “The Bloody Chamber”.  Within this collection is a vignette called “The Snow Child”, where instead of the Queen (or Countess) asking for a beautiful daughter, a Count does.  When he comes upon a girl in the snow fitting the description he asked for, he becomes enamored of her, much to the disapproval of his Countess.  The girl pricks her hand on the thorn of a rose and dies so the Count does what any count would do in a fairy tale and he rapes her dead body (which then disappears into the snow). Who needs a happy ending, right?
You have to love it when people finally appear as if they're doing some proper research. :)

You can read facts 2, 4 and 5 HERE and see a clip of Betty Boop as Snow White too.

1 comment:

  1. Snow White is a very popular fictional character because of its unique elements. Snow White will be really popular whether its a cartoon or a movie.