Fairy tales: what’s not to love? Or hate?
Some say fairy tales embody universal tropes that pass along the most basic traditions of social information and behavior—
- Watch out for those who are different.
- Fear the unknown.
- Obey your mother, or the big bad wolf will eat you.
- Play your cards right, and a fairy (or a prince or an enchanted frog) will rescue you.
- Follow the rules, and you will live happily ever after.
But that can’t be the whole answer because fairy tales aren’t actually all that traditional. The ones our grandchildren hear are not the same ones our grandparents told, and they certainly bear little resemblance to their early versions. If the stories don’t change constantly, their meaning becomes irrelevant. Certainly we don’t want our children to hear that the path to true love is for a monster to kidnap and imprison a girl until she agrees to marry…
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