Disney vs. 7 early fairytales
The 1812 version of Snow White is even worse when you consider that the girl was only seven years old in the tale (plus her unconscious body ended up being carted around by the prince until one of his servants accidentally woke her up). Also, in The Little Mermaid, the mermaid’s unable to speak because she had her tongue cut out >__<
But I’d love to see faithful adaptations of the original tales. Especially Bluebeard. We need a Bluebeard adaptation.
Actually, the original-original pre-Grimm Brothers’ stories that were passed around Europe via oral tradition are nowhere near as violent as the Grimm’s made them. Cinderella’s stepsisters were never ugly and kept their eyes, Snow White’s mother was not even a villain (instead a group of bandits were), and instead of spending the whole story napping Sleeping Beauty outwitted a dangerous bandit leader, wouldn’t let him sleep with her, and saved herself.
The original oral stories were radically changed by the Brothers Grimm to fit their personal and political beliefs. Most notably, they often added in female characters solely for the purpose of making them evil villains and took away most of the heroines’ agency and intelligence. Both brothers belonged to a small fanatical sect of Catholicism that vilified women because of the idea of Original Sin and Wilhelm in particular had a particularly deep hatred of women. The Grimms were actually pretty horrible people. Those cannibalistic queens and ugly stepsisters and the mass amount of violence against women didn’t exist until the Grimms wanted them to. Their ideas stuck so soundly though that we now assume they were in the original tales and that these terrible characters and ideas come out of some perceived barbaric Old World culture. But in truth they’re really the Grimms’ weird obsession with hating women showing through. The original oral folklore focused on the heroes’ and heroines’ good deeds and used them as ways to teach cultural norms and a society’s rules and encouraged girls to be quick-witted and street-savvy instead of passive princesses, and the Grimms promptly stripped that all away.
"Grimms Bad Girls and Bold Boys" by Ruth Bottingheimer is an excellent book on this
We had to read The Book of Lost Things for school and it’s Grimm level crazy
Not only that, you’re skipping out a really important thing: the brother’s grimm got those tales from WOMEN, women were the ones who would tell these tales orally and the brother’s grimm took them, altered them to be sexist and never gave the women credit. You can read Clever Maids the Secret History The Grimm Fairytales for more info
reblogging for the excellent commentary
This is the look I prefer too! He’s adorable but still hot (don’t know how the hell he’s able to do that!)
So I ALSO finally got a photo with Kit!!
AND LATER ON HE CAME OUT TO HAVE A SMOKE AND WALKED STRAIGHT OVER TO US, PAST HIS FRIENDS, TO HAVE A CHAT
gods bless Kit Harrington he is such a darling
I think the funniest part is when he came out to smoke the second time, all the (autograph) dealers were looking for him and he was just stood in a corner w his friend plain as day and they didn’t even see him
And then it happened a second time when he was stood in a corner on the road w his friend and I went up to ask him if he knew about any of the Jon Snow theories (he doesn’t, said he avoids them like the plague) and the dealers who were looking for him STILL didn’t see him
Wasn’t until the third time when he walked right past them that they noticed him
Although we are quite proud that we saved him from the harassment of the dealers twice tonight
Kit Harrington’s protectors
Should put that on my CV
When he came over to us we had a nice chat about Great Britain (which he’d just seen) and my friend mentioned we knew one of the actors - Ben Mansfield - who plays Ding-Dong. Then talked about Testament of Youth and just overall chat about how things are going and whether he had a nice evening. So lovely.
…and then he just walked down the road to TigerTiger
The worst club in London
This was super random, i went to Boomtown fair last weekend, a huge music festival and at the showers i bumped into Kit Harrington!
I met the coolest of cool people on the smoking area at some club in London last night :) it was an after party of something…
Imagine it’s gone midnight and your friend who is completely trashed starts pitching Sherlock ideas to a very amused Mark Gatiss… “Make Sebastion Moran a woman!” :’)
Kit gives awesome hugs and Ed called me darling! :D