500 new fairy tales

Calgary, Alberta
April 22, 2012 6:42pm CST
Most of the popular Fairy tales we know came from Germany, from Snow White to Hansel and Gretel to Rumpelstiltskin. I am sure many of us grew up with those Fairy tales. Anyway there are 500 German fairytales that had been forgotten for 150 years and they were discovered few months ago. I hope those 500 stories will be translated in English, http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/mar/05/five-hundred-fairytales-discovered-germany?CMP=twt_gu
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• United States
23 Apr 12
Wow! That's really interesting! I hope they get translated too, because I love reading old fairy tales. Maybe a hundred years from now, one of those fairy tales will get retold as often as Cinderella. I've always been interested in fairy tales. There's just something about old stories that are retold that really draws me to them. I also find it interesting how many fairy tales have evolved to be children's stories. Loads of fairy tales are pretty gruesome in their original forms!
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• Calgary, Alberta
23 Apr 12
Oh yeah I know about those, its either violence or something I dont want to mention or else this discussion will have a mature content tag, which I am trying to avoid...LOL I heard some of those 500 fairy tales are kid friendly while others are too scary for kids to have as bed time story.
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• United States
23 Apr 12
Exactly, lol. That's how NOT for kids some fairy tales are. I think the step-mother's punishment was pretty harsh in Snow White. And I won't even mention what really woke Sleeping Beauty up. Now I'm excited to see these fairy tales. I prefer kid-friendly fairy tales myself, but fairy tales are always interesting.
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• Calgary, Alberta
23 Apr 12
I think I may create discussion regardless of that matter, but yeah I want this discussion to stay innocent as it was. I also know what wakes up sleeping beauty, Thanks to the censors.
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@bunnybon7 (36431)
• Holiday, Florida
23 Apr 12
oh my thats wonderful. i hope they get translated also. especially if they are by the same writers as some of those old ones. but then i wonder if our kids will like them as well. i still love them even grown. terrible huh?
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• Calgary, Alberta
23 Apr 12
some of those I think are not for kids, cos they didnt pass the censors and they were said to be too grotesque.
@bunnybon7 (36431)
• Holiday, Florida
23 Apr 12
ok so its all about the new protect kids from finding out about anything real in the real world thing, right? remember when the 3 little pigs 2 got eaten? or at least the wolf was going to eat them. im sure a lot of them kind dont pass these days also.
• Calgary, Alberta
24 Apr 12
In the original versions, The one that wants to kill snow white is not is not her step mom,its her biological mom, and her biological mom wants to eat her organs so she will absorb her beauty. Hansel and Gretel, well there is no witch, Just a devil and his wife, To escape the devil, they slit his wife's neck.
@ajithlal (14568)
• India
24 Apr 12
I think it is always great to read fairly tales. I used to read lots of fairy tales when I was young. I used to visit libraries for reading good stories. Now a days lots of fairly tales and stores are online. Also it is always great to get lots of fairly tales like this from the past. I also hope that someone translate it to English.
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• Calgary, Alberta
24 Apr 12
I think the only ones they might release are the kid friendly ones cos some of them were said to be gory and not good for kids.
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@ajithlal (14568)
• India
26 Apr 12
I think it is better to have fairy tales for the children so that kids can love reading new fairy tales.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
23 Apr 12
Wow meaning people there are that imaginative... I did grew up with those stories especially Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Cinderella, The Litter Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty and Red Riding Hood! I do also wish they translate it to English so all could read.
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• Calgary, Alberta
23 Apr 12
I believe they were from the same creators, I think all of the fairy tales you mentioned are German of origin. we can say its their greatest contribution to literature.
@leighz (457)
23 Apr 12
Awesome! All the while I thought those popular fairy tales were written by American Writers. Germans are really great in creating that fantasy that kids love. I'll be checking those other fairy tale stories once I got home from work. I hope more and more new fairytale stories will be made into a movie. That way they get more popular. Movie adaptation of a book, increases book sales and encourages people to read more :)
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• Calgary, Alberta
23 Apr 12
Americans dont have kingdoms, Prince and Princesses, Fairy tales were obviously European. The British translated them into English, Then they became popular in the US because of the Disney Cartoons and some Hollywood movies. But yeah Majority of Fairytales are from Germany. Those 500 new fairy tales, well they were really not new but they were just new cos they were rediscovered. It would be cool if they got translated.
@syramoon (655)
• United States
23 Apr 12
This sounds awesome! I do hope they are available in the USA eventually. I've love fairy tales as a child, and even now as an adult find myself revisiting my favorite ones from time to time, even though I do not have children.
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• Calgary, Alberta
23 Apr 12
I think translation will be a long process but yeah it would be cool. Its shocking that many people are not aware that most fairytales are from Germany.
@bing28 (3798)
• Philippines
23 Apr 12
Wonderful to have that 500 fairy tales around. The children of today would be very lucky to have them first to read or know those. How I wish they will be translated in English soon. Thanks for the info.
• Calgary, Alberta
23 Apr 12
Those fairy tales were missing for 150 years so its cool that they were discovered again.
• Ecuador
23 Apr 12
As I see, you are from the Philippines, so I don't really understand you supporting fairy tales written by Germans. You should support national histories, support fairy tales written in your own country. That's the only way to create a patriotic spirit in children, that leads them to love their country and do great things for their nation. I do not mean that the German stories are bad, but we should not teach children to value only foreign culture. They should first appreciate the culture of their country.
• Calgary, Alberta
24 Apr 12
If Iwill support nothing but local stuff and local folklore that will make me racist. Oh thats not all I'm born in Peru, My dad is from a peruvian tribe. Phillippines dont have fairy tales we have folktales ,legends and epic. Also I have more knowledge about Phillippine History than you do. Are you aware Filipinos are originally Malaysians and Indonesians? Are you aware Avocado came from mexico, Are you aware that Mexicans lived in the Philippines during the Spanish rule. Are you aware that Filipino Actress Delia Razon have a Hollywood break but and she refused multiple offers cos she decided to get married. if you read my previous discussions in the last 3 years, I have more Phillippine related discussions more than anyone else in this forums. This discusssion is about newly discovered fairytales, I love literature from different parts of the world. Most fairy tales are either from Germany and Denmark. Also Fairy tales are public domain, Germany dont earn money out of it.
• Ecuador
24 Apr 12
I don't mean that you have to be racist. And it's obvious that you have more knowledge about Philippine History than I do, you live there, I do NOT!, I'm from Ecuador, a country in South America, and it's obvious that I know more about Ecuadorian history than you do. I'm not saying that it's bad to read stories written in other countries of the world. What I mean is that fairy tales are read by children, they are learning about this world, and if we don't teach them to love our nations, who will? I read literature from different parts of the world now. But when I was I child, I never read any tale or stories written here. I grew up without knowing about local folklore, and what I try to say, is that I don't want this to happen to other people. I'm sorry if I ofended you in any way, It was never my intention.
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@marguicha (94354)
• Chile
30 May 12
The wonder of fairy tales is that they talk about human values. They are above nationalities and cultures. I´m not so sure thatthe brothers Grimm or Perrault wrote their stories without the aid of folklore. Many of the tales traveled for many centuries. The merchants who went to the orient for salt and spices brought back fairy tales which they told at the campfires. There are lots of tales (not fairies, but some witches and other demons) in our south american folklore. We can read both and that´s not "supporting" a country.
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• United States
23 Apr 12
That is cool we shall have to wait and see if it well be.
• Calgary, Alberta
24 Apr 12
there is a possibility that they wont translate them though.
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• United States
24 Apr 12
that would stink.
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