Let’s face it, you don’t need fairy tales when you’re a kid, when your whole world is a metaphorical warm sack of amniotic fluids full with all the food, love and sleep you’d ever want. No, you need fairytales when you’re a jaded, slightly damaged twentysomething, in need of inspiration, hope and a paycheck to pay the rent. Enter Fairy Tales For Twentysomethings, a Tumblr that rewrites classic fairy tales in a more, uh, realistic bent. Take Snow White:
Snow White didn’t like Mondays, so she sang a song to get her through: “Whistle while you work, and cheerfully together we can—oh my God how have only two minutes gone by somebody kill me now I want to die.”
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Some of the most interesting characters in classic fairy tales (many of which have been translated into Disney films) are the “evil” queens, sorceresses, and crones who are at odds with the precious heroines. For example, in the upcoming film, “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Charlize Theron’s evil Queen Ravenna is so delightfully dark yet glamorous, that we’re already asking, “Uh, Snow White, who?” Seriously, characters like Ravenna, Cinderella’s evil step-mother, the sea witch from “The Little Mermaid,” Maleficent in “Sleeping Beauty,” and Gothel in “Rapunzel” are what give fairy tales their edge — but the question is, which one are you most like? Keep reading »
The battle of the Snow Whites has officially begun. While Kristen Stewart was cast back in January to play the iconic fairy tale character in “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Lily Collins found out this week that she will be playing the fairest of them all in Tarsem Singh and Brett Ratner’s “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.” Her prince? The yummy Armie Hammer. And the evil stepmother who has it in for her will be played by none other than Julia Roberts.
Lily’s name may not be familiar but, yes, you have seen her before. And not just because she is Phil Collins’ daughter. After the jump, more about Lily, what she’s been in, and the “Twilight” hunk she’s been linked to. Keep reading »
Fairy tales continue to be the new period pieces. In addition to dueling Snow White movies, it looks like there is now a race for a revisionist Sleeping Beauty flick. Today, it was announced that Hailee Steinfield of “True Grit” is attached to a Sleeping Beauty project. Oh, but it won’t be the standard take. In this version, Princess Aurora is stuck in a terrifying dream world she has to try to escape. In other words, it’ll take more that just a prince’s kiss to wake her. This movie sounds cool—kind of like the classic tale meets “Inception”—but I was already pumped for Disney’s “Maleficent,” which tells the Sleeping Beauty story from the eyes of the evil witch-turned-dragon. Plus, that one will most likely be directed by Tim Burton. What do you think—can the world handle two dark Sleeping Beauty retellings? [MTV] Keep reading »
There’s been quite a bit of controversy surrounding Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog,” which, for the first time in Disney’s 70-year history, stars a black princess. First her name was too stereotypically slave-like, so it was changed from Maddie to Tiana. Then the blogosphere was in an uproar because Princess Tiana has a racially-ambiguous love interest who has lighter skin.
Now a not-so new debate has come up about whether little girls should be indoctrinated into the princess culture in the first place. Blogger Monique Fields, who has daughters ages 2 and 4, at The Root questions the impact of princess values and ideals, preferring a healthy dose of reality for young women to counteract this fantasy.
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A recent study found that fans of romantic comedies have unrealistic expectations of their life and relationships and often have trouble communicating with their partners. Rom-com devotees have an unrealistic idea that fate determines love, that the love-of-their-life should know what they want without them having to say it, and that sex with the right person will always be spectacular. We’re not surprised by the findings of this study, but we’d like to add a couple other fiction genres that we think have similar effects on life. Keep reading »