The Dark Side of Fairy Tales

The Dark Side of Fairy Tales

Most fairy tales come from Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s collection of folktales, which contains some of the best known children’s characters in literary history, from Snow White to Little Red Riding Hood. The brothers filled their books with vast amounts of gruesome scenes that could have ended up as a horror movie, which is now known as “Grimm’s Fairy Tales”. Yet over time Walt Disney bought and re-modelled the stories to create them into the pleasant happy ending stories that they are known as today.

The amount of sexual misconduct and death that is seen is these tales is substantially high. Well, I guess you’ll know what I’m talking about very soon. Keep reading to take a look at the terrifying, gruesome and horrifying versions of our beloved classics that’ll make you think twice before you read your child that bedtime story.

Snow White

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In the original Grimm version, the witch is actually Snow’s mother, not her step-mother. Also, in the Disney version the huntsman is after her heart (which is quite gruesome even for a Disney movie), but in the original stories the Queen actually wants her liver and lungs, which she means to eat. Quite terrifyingly Snow White is already dead when the prince finds her, he then makes his servants carry the coffin, one trips, causing the apple inside Snow’s throat to dislodge. What a nice prince right? Not.

Sleeping Beauty

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I even found the Disney version quite scary when I was younger with the dragon and everything. But in the original stories Aurora does not prick her finger on a spindle, but rather gets a silver of flax stuck under her fingernail. She falls down, apparently dead, but her father cannot face the idea of losing her, so he lays her body in one of his estates. Later a king hunting in the woods finds her body, and then rapes her unconscious form. Nine months after she gives birth to twins while still unconscious, one of them accidentally sucks the splinter out of her finger, so she wakes up. The king is already married, so he burns his wife alive so he can Aurora can be together.

Rapunzel

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I guess the plot for the Disney movie has quite a lot of problems even after re-decorating it, with kidnapping a little princess and locking her away in a tower until she escapes at age 18. Yet, in the original Grimm version, Rapunzel was actually 12. She winds up pregnant with the prince’s baby, and she gives away the prince’s visits by asking her adoptive witch mother why her clothes are getting too small. The witch then cuts off her locks and banishes her to the desert to give birth to twins. Such a pleasant story indeed.

Cinderella

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In Grimm’s tale, Cinderella’s two stepsisters are so desperate to become the wife of the prince that when the glass slippers fails to fit them, they cut off parts of their feet. If that’s not enough, at Cinderella’s wedding, doves fall down upon the stepsisters and peck their eyes out leaving them blind. They really have horrible luck in the original version.

Little Red Riding Hood

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This story was even more gruesome before the Grimm brothers got their hands on it. In Charles Perrault’s version, there is no huntsman. Little Red simply strips naked, gets in bed, and then dies, eaten up by the big bad wolf, with no happy ending. The sexual undertones are definitely seen between the lines, well in France, the idiom for a girl having lost her virginity was elle avoid vu le loupe – she has seen the wolf.

Horrifying right. I’m glad I wasn’t told these original tales as a kid, then I definitely would not have been able to sleep.

Do you guys know anymore of Grimm’s original tales?

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My Top Summer Tunes of 2015

My Top Summer Tunes of 2015

If you haven’t sang along to the chorus of your favourite song at the top of your lungs when no one’s watching this summer then you definitely need to get on that, because the heat is drawing to a close very fast. So blast those speakers on high and get ready to jam out.

Here is my top summer soundtrack of 2015, enjoy. 🙂

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  • Fight Song – Rachel Platten
  • Home Alone Tonight – Luke Bryan
  • Honey, I’m Good. – Andy Grammar
  • Sparks – Hilary Duff
  • Good For You (feat. A$AP Rocky)  – Selena Gomez
  • Bring Down The House – Dean Brody
  • Ex’s and Oh’s – Elle King
  • Shut Up and Dance – WALK THE MOON
  • Kick the Dust Up – Luke Bryan
  • Here – Alessia Cara
  • Rule the World – Walk Off the Earth
  • Sangria – Blake Shelton
  • Ghost Town – Adam Lambert
  • The Night is Still Young – Nicki Minaj
  • See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth) – Wiz Khalifa

What song gets you moving with the beat this summer?  Please let me know in the comments. 🙂

Till next time…

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Television Series to Binge Watch

Television Series to Binge Watch

Who perches themselves in front of a television or a computer and watches a whole season without even moving? Or finishes a whole series in less than a week? I know that I’ve accomplished both of these tasks more than once. With so many awesome series out there it’s kinda hard not to become obsessive.

TV shows draw you into the story that’s displayed on your screen – whether it’s suspenseful, funny, frightening, action packed, drama filled, or sci-fi entailed – you become emotionally involved in the series that hitting the stop button seems like such an impossible task. Also, falling in love with the characters and the relationships they have built is massively unavoidable.

There are so many jaw-dropping television series out there, so I’m going to pick my top five that I feel absolutely need watching.

1. Friends

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Friends is my all time favourite humour filled series, every episode gets me cracking up. It’s about three young men and three young women battling life, careers and love in the heart of New York. If you just need a relief from a stressful day then look no further than this American television sitcom.

2. Sherlock

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If you like suspenseful, crime, drama and mystery filled series than Sherlock is perfect; even humour is displayed a bit in this show. Sherlock is a modern take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories, with the famous detective and his doctor partner battling crime in 21st century London.

3. Supernatural

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This series is definitely my best-loved. This haunting program follows Dean and Sam Winchester’s journey as they travel across the vast landscape of America hunting monsters. After loosing their mother to a demon, the brothers were raised by their father as soldiers to be able to hunt anything that goes bump in the night. This series has drama, fantasy, horror, humour, betrayal and romance; so Supernatural can be for anyones taste. I without a doubt recommend this t.v show.

4. Doctor Who

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Doctor Who is probably one of the most famous television series to date. Follow the twelve doctors as they travel through space and time in the TARDIS, often accompanied by a companion.  This series began in 1963, and is still running strong today.

5. Grey’s Anatomy

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This medical drama series follows a group of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital in Seattle, with a look into their professional and personal lives. This series is still going strong after 12 seasons, so it’s certainly one to add to your list.

Have fun binge watching. 🙂

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My Perfect Summer Adventure~ Geocaching

My Perfect Summer Adventure~ Geocaching

Hey all,

It’s that time of year again, summer is upon us and the sun is shining bright in the sky. But yet many people are lounging around in their homes instead of enjoying the great outdoors; they’d rather be on their computers instead of embarking on a new adventure.

Trust me I’ve been known to do this many times myself, but if you’re stuck and just want a fun guilt free adventure near your home then I have the perfect option; Geocaching.

Geocaching is a real world treasure hunt that’s happening all around the world, participants use their GPS-enabled devices to get the coordinates of a certain geocache (container), then they go scouting around trying to find it.

I have done it before with my friends and trust me it’s a free, fun and adventurous task. So if you’re bored and looking for something to do this will be perfect.

Here is the link for their website so you guys can find more information on Geocaching:

https://www.geocaching.com/

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Have fun scouting…

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