Are suppose to be dark.
And because they are…
[via howstuffworks] 10 Fairy Tales That Were Way Darker Than You Realized as a Kid
If you grew up watching classic Disney movies such as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Cinderella,” or reading the Little Golden Book version of “Pinocchio,” you’re probably accustomed to thinking of fairy tales as wholesome entertainment for young children.
That’s why it may come as a shock to watch “Snow White” again as an adult and realize that it’s a bit macabre. For example, when the jealous queen orders the huntsman to kill Snow White, she demands that he bring back the girl’s heart in a jewel box as evidence of his violent deed. And that’s just the relatively sanitized, Disney-fied version. In the early 19th-century version published by the German brothers Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, the queen wants to devour Snow White’s lungs and liver .
The original versions of most of these fantasy stories are filled with plot twists that belong in a modern slasher film. In part, that’s because fairy tales didn’t start out as children’s stories, but rather as tawdry folktales that grownups told for entertainment after the kids went to bed.
When the Grimms published their first edition of “Nursery and Household Tales” in two volumes in 1812 and 1815, they aimed it at adults [sources: New Yorker, Meslow]. Only after disappointing sales did they decide to tone down the material and make it suitable for kids. The tales mostly came from friends and relatives, which the brothers significantly revised. Many were variations of French fairy tales already written by people like Charles Perrault.
But even after the authors sanitized them, they didn’t totally eliminate the scary stuff. That’s because fairy tales were intended not just to entertain children, but also to educate them about the consequences of evil deeds . Psychologist Bruno Bettelheim, for one, argued that the creepy stuff helps children to grow emotionally, by allowing them to grapple with fears that are a part of growing up.
Here are 10 fairy tales that are far more disturbing than you realized as a kid.
When you think back to the 1940 Disney version of “Pinocchio,” you probably remember the puppet’s nose growing to indicate fibs, and his cute little pal Jiminy Cricket, who sings the movie’s memorable song “When You Wish Upon a Star.”
But as Time magazine critic Richard Corliss notes: “The movie also taught moral lessons in the most useful way, by scaring the poop out of the little ones.” The script emphasizes, for example, the dangers of running away from home and falling into the clutches of an evil adult. As kidnapper Stromboli tells Pinocchio, “When you grow too old, you will make good firewood.” But the film’s source material, an 1883 story by Carlo Collodi, is even more disturbing. When Pinocchio is teased about his wooden head by his cricket companion, the enraged puppet throws a hammer and kills him….
Forget Disney and try to go out and find you a REAL fairy tale.
One, that although the ending maybe “happy”…
It takes some macabre twists in order to get there.
And that my friends?
Is what makes these fairy tales of old so delightfully delicious!