For I Am a Nerd

… and I love this stuff. Thanks to Brain #2 for the linkery

The Wicked Witch has Hansel caged

Once upon a time there was a world of tragic princes who had been transformed into small amphibians, beautiful princesses who were temporarily languishing in a life of drudgery, unprepossessing trolls with rights-of-way issues, and a variety of woodland wildlife with surprisingly philanthropic attributes.

All this week the Guardian is giving away booklets of our best-loved fairytales (that can also of course be read on the web), with their contemporary resonances discussed by the modern writers who have selected the stories for publication. But the deeper you venture into the dark woods of these fairytales, the more you have to wonder – are these stories really for kids?

Read the rest here

Maybe I should post my article about the devolution of Little Red Riding Hood here? It appeared in Apex a year or so ago … now, where did I put that file?

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7 Responses to For I Am a Nerd

  1. beeso says:

    Pratchett explores the fact that a lot of fairy tales have a more raw beginning really well, particularly his take on father xmas

  2. Lynne Green says:

    Beeso – you have just earned my undying affection.

    Angela – Brain # 2 sounds like a brilliant entity. As for just sending ONE story, you should send your entire backlist.

  3. angelaslatter says:

    I confess to having read nothing by Terry P.

  4. angelaslatter says:

    Brian 2 is Lisa Hannett, my Clarion South bud and brain extension. 🙂 The LRRH thingy is actually an article. Shall see if I can find it.

  5. beeso says:

    Terry really explores how fairy tales have been dumbed down for kids and so lose the effectiveness of why they were written as a cautionary tale. Also kids like the unPC ones better

  6. tanaudel says:

    TP’s Witches Abroad is the most explicitly fairytale based

  7. angelaslatter says:

    *sigh* Wanders off to find TP.