When I was a kid, I loved fairy tales. I loved the idea of talking animals and brave girls and boys who overcame cruel care takers. I also really loved Disney movies. They all had happy endings; what’s not to love about that? I could watch “Beauty and the Beast” or “Aladdin” every single day.
When I got a little older, I graduated from watching Disney movies to reading the Brothers Grimm. In the fourth grade, I checked out the “Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers’ Grimm” from my school library and never returned it (a belated “sorry!” to my grade school library!)
I was horrified to find that the origins of many of my favorite Disney movies had much more gruesome details that Disney completely left out.
- The woman destroyed (Simone de Beauvoir)
- The second sex (Simone de Beauvoir)
- The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet (Colleen McCullough)
- Pride and prejudice and zombies (Seth Grahame-Smith)
- Pride and prejudice and kitties (Pamela Jane & Deborah Guyol)
- Nunca digas nunca (Amy Lab)
- All the bright places (Jennifer Niven)
- Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
- Grimm’s complete fairy tales Vol. 4 (Jacob Grimm & Wilhelm Grimm)