Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Gruesome Origins Of 5 Popular Fairy Tales

For a more scholarly understanding of a fairy tale's history, you can check out the link in this old blog post. But for a humorously sarcastic take on five fairy tales, check out this link from Cracked.com: The Gruesome Origins Of 5 Popular Fairy Tales. The stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Cinderella, and Snow White that we know are shown to be less filtered in their original forms. An excerpt:

We know what's you're thinking. "What the hell is Cracked writing articles about fairy tales for? That's kids stuff! Give us more articles about the Top 10 Transformers Characters, or Worst Dressed Thundercat!" And that's good, because that means our Spyware technology is getting better than ever.

The thing about fairy tales, though, is that they weren't always for kids. Back when these stories were first told around campfires and in taverns in some medieval village there were very few kids present. These were racy, violent parables to distract peasants after a hard day's dirt farming, and some of them made Hostel look like, well, kid's stuff.

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