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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Morbid Tales : And they live happily ever after ... as sociopaths.

We all read about fairy tales and we all saw the Disney films about them but what we did not know was that ... all of this stories adapted to the big screen are not 100% faithful to the original stories. Let me tell you about the original versions.

Little Snow-White

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Snow-White lay there in the coffin a long, long time, and she did not decay, but looked like she was asleep, for she was still as white as snow and as red as blood, and as black-haired as ebony wood.
Now it came to pass that a prince entered these woods and happened onto the dwarfs' house, where he sought shelter for the night. He saw the coffin on the mountain with beautiful Snow-White in it, and he read what was written on it with golden letters.
Then he said to the dwarfs, "Let me have the coffin. I will give you anything you want for it."

But the dwarfs answered, "We will not sell it for all the gold in the world."
Then he said, "Then give it to me, for I cannot live without being able to see Snow-White. I will honor her and respect her as my most cherished one."As he thus spoke, the good dwarfs felt pity for him and gave him the coffin. 

The prince had his servants carry it away on their shoulders. But then it happened that one of them stumbled on some brush, and this dislodged from Snow-White's throat the piece of poisoned apple that she had bitten off. Not long afterward she opened her eyes, lifted the lid from her coffin, sat up, and was alive again.
"Good heavens, where am I?" she cried out.
The prince said joyfully, "You are with me." He told her what had happened, and then said, "I love you more than anything else in the world. Come with me to my father's castle. You shall become my wife." Snow-White loved him, and she went with him. Their wedding was planned with great splendor and majesty.
Wow, a prince who wanted a pretty dead body? I wonder what he wanted to do with her. I am relief to know that she still wanted her after she woke up.

…. About the evil queen:

The wicked woman uttered a curse, and she became so frightened, so frightened, that she did not know what to do. At first she did not want to go to the wedding, but she found no peace. She had to go and see the young queen. When she arrived she recognized Snow-White, and terrorized, she could only stand there without moving.

Then they put a pair of iron shoes into burning coals. They were brought forth with tongs and placed before her. She was forced to step into the red-hot shoes and dance until she fell down dead.

Snow White wasen't so innocent and naive after all. Actually she planned her step mother death, she invited her only for everyone to see that she will kill if someone wants to hurt her. I think the people of her kindom got the message.

Sun, Moon, and Talia, By Giambattista Basile
(A.K.A Sleeping Beauty )

After Talia (Sleeping Beauty) ran a splinter of flax under her nail …

As soon as the wretched father heard of the disaster which had taken place, he had them, after having paid for this tub of sour wine with casks of tears, lay her out in one of his country mansions. There they seated her on a velvet throne under a canopy of brocade. Wanting to forget all and to drive from his memory his great misfortune, he closed the doors and abandoned forever the house where he had suffered this great loss.

A king not a prince found Talia sleeping :

At last he came to the salon, and when the king beheld Talia, who seemed to be enchanted, he believed that she was asleep, and he called her, but she remained unconscious. Crying aloud, he beheld her charms and felt his blood course hotly through his veins. He lifted her in his arms, and carried her to a bed, where he gathered the first fruits of love (this means rape, what else would you call having sex with unconscious body). Leaving her on the bed, he returned to his own kingdom, where, in the pressing business of his realm, he for a time thought no more about this incident.

You want to read more disturbing parts that were not included on the Disney movie?

-Talia got pregnant by the King and had 2 babies after 9 months.

-The king took Talia and the babies back to the castle and the queen try to kill them.

-The Queen was killed by the King and he and 
Talia lived….happily ever after.

 Le Petit Chaperon Rouge by Charles Perrault.

The story had as its subject an "attractive, well-bred young lady", a village girl of the country being deceived into giving a wolf she encountered the information he needed to find her grandmother's house successfully and eat the old woman while at the same time avoiding being noticed by woodcutters working in the nearby forest. Then he proceeded to lay a trap for the Red Riding Hood. Little Red simply strips naked , gets in bed, and then dies, eaten up by the big bad wolf, with no miraculous relief (in another version, she eats her own grandmother first, her flesh cooked up and her blood poured into a wine glass by our wolfish friend).


Zeus was married to the goddess Hera but was well-known for his affairs with mortal women. He transformed himself to appear as Alcmene's husband, slept with her, and so conceived Hercules. Hera, who was always enraged by the dalliances of her husband, dedicated herself to making Hercules' life as miserable as she possibly could. 

After watching the Disney version of Heracles, who would have thought that Zeus was a cheater God and that the villain of the story was his step-mother but... who can blame her?

Heracles weds Megara and they had three sons (though some sources claim eight children): Therimachus, Deicoon, and Creontiades. The couple were happy with their family until Hercules was called away on some adventure and the kingdom was left defenseless.

When Hercules finally comes home, he defeats and kills Lycus and then gives thanks to the gods for his timely arrival and the safety of his family. As he is praying, however, he is struck by Hera with a madness in which he believes his sons are those of Lycus and that Megara is his adversary Hera, and he kills them all...OOOPS.

Beauty and the Beast

The original 18th century fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont is actually quite close to the Disneyfied version, with the exception of a few details — Belle’s father was once rich, but at the time of the story is in major debt, and the fact that Belle had two wicked sisters. The sisters were very jealous of Belle’s luxurious life with the Beast, and when she was allowed to travel home for a week, they tried to make her stay with them longer so that when Belle returned, the Beast would be so angry with her that he would eat her alive.

We usually hear about mean step-sisters but actual blood sisters that want the younger sister to get killed is just horrible to read. My guess is that they were jealous not only of her new life but of her beauty, her jeunesse and her happiness. 


Instead of just trying to shove their big feet into the golden slipper, the ugly stepsisters actually cut off parts of their feet. One of them cuts off her toes, and the other slices off her heel. Yuck! 

In the end Cinderella did NOT forgive and forget. At her wedding, she has her little birds fly down from Heaven and peck out her sisters’ eyes. That’s what I call revenge.

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