On Monsters and Fairy Tales


Ever notice, one you look past the cutesy drawings, that most real, old fashioned, traditional fairy tales are really pretty scary?

I mean, what’s the deal with the witch in the candy house in the story of Hansel and Gretel? And what about Rumplestilskin? Pretty creepy. Then there’s the talking wolf in Little Red Ridinghood — wow!

Ever notice, too, that the monsters are always after the kids? And if they don’t want to eat the kids, then what do they want them for?

People have asked me what The Purloined Boy is — is it fantasy? horror? Well, I think it has elements of both of those, but if I had to narrow it down and use one category to label it — I would call it a fairy tale. It’s a good, old fashioned, scary fairy tale with a modern twist.


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2 Comments on “On Monsters and Fairy Tales”

  1. xlinkx Says:

    Most of the orignal fairy tales we’re created to to scare young children. An example woud be to keep children from going out late at night or just walking in the woods alone. They used fear to holdback the children from doing wrong things. Very interesting though. šŸ™‚

  2. matt56 Says:

    I xlinkx’s comment. He’s right, most fairy tales are used to stir up fear in the child’s heart. However some fairy tales are used to put kids to sleep.

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