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Rettelings versus originals

There's an article in TIME on how fractured fairy tales are bigger business than traditional retellings of classic tales:

I had meant to post about this after reading an op-ed piece in FOREWORD magazine, by a children's book editor complaing of not being able to find a traditional version instead of a fractured retelling of certain fairy tales to buy for her kids, but it wasn't online and I can't find where I put the issue...

A quote from the TIME piece:
Someday the kids will read the original tale and wonder why the stupid straw-house pig doesn't just hop onto the next bookshelf. Likewise, Shrek reimagines Puss in Boots as a Latin tomcat--but what kid today even reads Puss in Boots in the original?

This is the new world of fairy tales: parodied, ironized, meta-fictionalized, politically adjusted and pop-culture saturated. (Yes, the original stories are still out there, but they don't have the same marketing force behind them: the Happy Meals, action figures, books, games and other ancillary-revenue projects.)


I was just logging on to link to that article!

Found myself disagreeing most with the author's conclusion that "Old-school fairy tales, after all, are boring to us, not the kids." And the tension in the popular culture between "canon" fairy tales and riffs on them isn't exactly a recent development. Rocky and Bullwinkle, anyone?

Are traditional fairy tales really so hard to find?

January 2008


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