|Does it come in a size 9?|
The modern interpretation of what constitutes a "fairy tale" is a mostly European tale, most often with a verbal origin, containing folkloric creatures as fantasy characters. They differ from "myths and legends" in that there is rarely a religious element to them (for example, the Greek and Roman myths are primarily about man's interaction with their gods).
|I can smell it when you lie.|
Nowadays, most of us get exposure to fairy tales through Disney movies and the like but these tales were originally meant for adults AND children and this is where I come in.
Beauty and the Beast? The heroine's sisters are trying to get the Beast to eat her. The Little Mermaid? Oh, HER.
|Maybe she's born with it...|
|So much side-eye, Gramma.|
And there are other, lesser known stories, too. The King Who Wished to Marry His Daughter? Yeah. He marries her. Ick. The Juniper Tree where a boy's stepmother cuts off his head with the lid to a trunk then serves his corpse to his father in a stew. And one of my favorites, Bluebeard.
No, not Bluebeard the pirate. This Bluebeard is a serial monogamist. Of course, he's also a serial killer and is widely considered to be based on Gilles de Rais, one of France's most notorious serial killers. He marries a woman, givers her a set of keys and an egg. Tells her she's not to use the smallest key. What does each wife inevitably do? She uses the fucking key on his gruesome man-cave where he basically shows them that he's Jeffrey fucking Dahmer and hacks them to pieces.
This is because the stories themselves are so rich and diverse. There's just SO much gruesome content that it's hard not to use it. Not just the monsters. The people. Some of the people in fairy tales are deliciously evil.
But the bridge trolls help.
And, for real, I suggest reading your kids the originals. The Disney stuff is all well and good but kids? They like blood. Kids are animals. Scared children behave. True story.