The New Era of Fairy Tales
How well do you really know your fairy tales? Not well, if you’re going by the hit ABC show, Once Upon A Time, an exhilarating new series that puts an extremely unique spin on the classic fairy tales we grew up with.
Let’s face it, most of us are grown ups now… the days of reading Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White are long gone (at least until we have children). But that doesn’t mean that our beloved fairy tales can’t live on in our hearts, and thanks to this show, I can be an adult, yet indulge in some of the classics… with grown up twists.
The show follows the story of Snow White, which if you’re like me is one of my favorites. This tale is such an iconic tale and you have to admit that it’s rather fitting that they would centralize the show around her. Now here’s the part where the history you thought you knew about your favorite fairy tales gets muddled. It’s no longer cut and dry: fairy tales packed in their own fairy tale boxes? Oh no. The stories continue, intertwined and more magical than ever. It has now evolved into a world where Snow White is friends with Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin falls in love with Belle, Prince Charming was never a Prince at all, and The Evil Queen seeks revenge on Snow White not because she’s the fairest in the land, but because she ruined her life and killed the man she loved.
It blows my mind the way these writers weave such intricate story lines that keep me entertained and wanting more. Now, these stories of course are coming from the minds of these men, and not everything that happens in the show, happened in the tales we grew up with… but why not? Who’s to say it didn’t happen. Just because it’s not what we already know, doesn’t mean there can’t be more to the story. There’s always more to the story. This show has done a phenomenal job at revolutionizing classics from our childhood, and transforming those stories into something that’s not only modern, but adult worthy.
Whether you’re friend or foe of this new era of fairy tales, you can’t deny the fact that Once Upon A Time provides a safe haven for all people, young or old, with child like spirits and a love of magic.