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Grimm Tales: just call Child Protective Services already

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 Maybe the name should clue you in. The stories collected by those cheery 19th century brothers German brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm (whose birthday it is today—he’d be 218), were the kind that taught children a lesson. Usually a bloody lesson about the perils of misbehaving. But over time, they’ve become known as “fairy tales,” with all the sweetness such a title implies. The recent NBC show Grimm seems to get the tone right, though: these are stories about things that most definitely go bump in the night. Here’s how modern audiences might react if regaled afresh—having no knowledge of the centuries-old originals—with three classic children’s tales collected and conjured up in the land of the Grimms.   Rapunzel Scenario: In…

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