Monday, November 24, 2014
Once Upon A Time
Fairy tales for adults seem to be trending in 2014! From Angelina Jolie as Malificent to Prince Charming in the hit show, Once Upon A Time, new twists on centuries-old folk tales seem to be the “in” thing.
What more could modern writers say about these old fairy tales? When you think of it, the villains never had so much character development in the past. Unlike when Disney’s Sleeping Beauty came out in 1959, this year Malificent gets her place in center stage.
Although it does feature the Sleeping Beauty characters, the current television show, Once Upon A Time, focuses on the Snow White characters. Just as the movie, Malificent, develops the characters further than the original story did, the television series explains how the Evil Queen became Snow White’s stepmother.
The show also tells us that Prince Charming wasn’t raised as a prince but is, in fact, a pauper.
Other characters which have been featured in Once Upon A Time are Pinocchio, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, the Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, the Genie from Aladdin, and characters from Alice in Wonderland.
Once Upon A Time isn’t the only show/movie right now revisiting old fairy tales. Beauty and the Beast puts the characters in a modern detective story, and Grimm’s premise is that the strange creatures of fairytales (like those written by The Brothers Grimm) actually exist!
And looks like this fairy tale trend isn’t showing signs of ending anytime soon: I’m looking forward to Meryl Streep’s beautiful singing voice in the upcoming movie Into the Woods which releases Christmas Day 2014.
I hope the fairy tale trend continues because I love new versions of old happily ever afters!