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Fractured Fairy Tales

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« on: October 26, 2012, 14:51:29 PM »

For those of you with 'lil one's.

Beautifully told Fairy tales with a modern twist, kept nice and short which makes them good for bedtime stories. Hansel telling Gretel that he's a stupid idiot for leaving a trail of crumbs (pretty much what today's siblings would sprout on occassion) and Getteppo that were horrified that Pinnoccio became "real" as he dislikes kids intensly. 

Author/Editor/Fracturer: AJ Jacobs (some of his other books are highly entertaining as well - he wrote "My year of living biblically")
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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2012, 15:04:43 PM »

Sounds good. Terry Pratchett actually does talk about "Grim Tales for Little Folk".

Did you ever read Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes?
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2012, 15:47:20 PM »

Typical children's fairytales aren't gruesome enough?
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2012, 15:51:24 PM »

The orignal ones indeed. Somehow the PC brigade got hold of them and made them more "palatable". They forget that kids are vicious little critters.

Same brigade banned Noddy at some stage. Go figure.

I was lucky to be brought up with the original stories. The German version of Cinderella has the step-mother chop off bits of her daughter's feet to get them in the shoe and then the Prince has the girls executed when he spots the fraud. Prince Charming? I think not!
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2012, 09:19:58 AM »

The orignal ones indeed. Somehow the PC brigade got hold of them and made them more "palatable". They forget that kids are vicious little critters.

They certainly are.  My favourite book when I was a tyke was Strewwelpeter--I loved the gruesome pictures of Johnny Suck-a-thumb after the giant tailor had cut off his thumbs with a pair of scissors, or Harriet doing a Joan of Arc impersonation after playing with matches.
Same brigade banned Noddy at some stage. Go figure.

If I recall correctly, that was because Gollywog wasn't deemed politically correct.
I was lucky to be brought up with the original stories. The German version of Cinderella has the step-mother chop off bits of her daughter's feet to get them in the shoe and then the Prince has the girls executed when he spots the fraud. Prince Charming? I think not!

Yes, I read the translation.  Ashputtle.  Quite gory.
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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2012, 09:24:37 AM »

I had totally forgotten about Stuwelpeter!

Funnily enough, in one series of enid Blyton , the gollywog doll was always the smart one who saved the day and got the other dolls out of trouble.
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2012, 10:53:19 AM »

Same brigade banned Noddy at some stage. Go figure.

If I recall correctly, that was because Gollywog wasn't deemed politically correct.


I thought it was due to the sleeping arrangements!

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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2012, 11:18:30 AM »

Yeeesss... Because two "men" (or dolls) sharing a bed us EVIL and kiddies should not be exposed to such influences. Snort! I'm pretty sure that wasn't Blyton's intention. Silly humans!

What would the PC brigade think of Captain Jack (Doctor Who / Torchwood)?
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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2012, 12:02:27 PM »

Same brigade banned Noddy at some stage. Go figure.

If I recall correctly, that was because Gollywog wasn't deemed politically correct.


I thought it was due to the sleeping arrangements!

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You know what they say about men with big ears?  No wonder Noddy needed a bell on his hat.
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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2012, 13:19:18 PM »

Is it the same as for men with big feet? I'm always confused about that....
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« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2012, 13:33:19 PM »

Is it the same as for men with big feet? I'm always confused about that....
They have big shoes?
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« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2012, 13:40:14 PM »

<Facepalm!> Occam's Razor. Of course. My mind is way too dodgy for my own good. I blame my parents!
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