Fairytales have been evolving since they were first told. As many were told as folk tales, they would have been altered over time by the people who told them. As time passed, they were altered more to suit the audience. Disney played a huge part in this by giving the stories happy endings to make them suitable for children.
Sticking with Disney, in recent years, we have seen the stories change to reflect the changes in society. In Brave, Merida was the first Disney princess to refuse a suitor. She did not need a handsome prince to rule, she was perfectly capable of doing it by herself.
Frozen again showed a queen who could lead without a king. The characters are strong, capable and able to fight their own battles. When you compare it to Snow White or Sleeping Beauty where the prince is the brave hero, they have changed considerably.
These tales have to change, to grow and adapt to the world around us because it keeps them fresh and relevant for future audiences. They do however, need to maintain their core message.
There are multiple reimaginings and retellings available in book form and you can check them out through the links for the authors featured in this event. Check them out today!
About the Author:
S. K. Gregory is an author, editor and blogger. She currently resides in Northern Ireland.
“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”