That one's easy.
Let's see: child abandonment, the gluttonous consumption of candy and, of course. a witch.
Hansel and Gretel.
I believe, by the way, and I could be wrong, that their actual names in the story are Hans andGreta. The "el" at the end of their names does not mark them from the House of El as in Superman's came, but actually indicates that they wee very small children as in Little Hans and Little Greta. Strange and useless facts.
Why is i my favorite? because at the end of the day it's got a few great scares, minor and major alike. You have the new step mom (wicked as they come) you have the weak-willed father willing to abandon his children for his new wife.
You have the dark and scary woods, the threat of any kind of animal, the worry of starvation, being lost in the woods, salvation in the form of a house made of candy and, finally, the cannibalistic witch who intend to fatten up and then consume our heroes of the tale.
And you have, oddly enough, one of the rare tales that, in my opinion, actually empowers children. They have to work together to stay safe in the woods. They have to learn the hard way that trails of breadcrumbs suck wind when it comes to salvation in the woods whee any old crate is eating your attempt at a trail.
You have two children who manage to stop the witch and then manage to KILL her before she can kill them.
Depending on the version you even have a dad who changes his mind and chooses his children over the new, sociopathic wife.
Hansel and Gretel are the heroes of their tales. They don't need prince charming to save them. They are clever little kids. I admire them as much as I do Red Riding Hood.
My favorite legend of a fairy, however, is Red Cap. An ogre of some size who haunts money roads, kills people and then dies his cap in their blood.
In both cases, of course, there are cautionary tales as is most often true with proper fairy tales.
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Sunday, March 27, 2016
My favorite fairy tale
Posted by James A. Moore
I write fiction, a little of everything and a lot of horror. I've written novels, comic books, roleplaying game supplements, short stories, novellas and oodles of essays on whatever strikes my fancy. That might change depending on my mood and the publishing industry. Things are getting stranger and stranger in the wonderful world of publishing and that means I get to have fun sorting through the chaos (with all the other writer-types). I have a website. This isn't it. This is where you can likely expect me to talk about upcoming projects and occasionally expect a rant or two. Not too many rants. Those take a lot of energy. In addition to writing I work as a barista, because I still haven't decided to quit my day job. Opinions are always welcome.