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Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm
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it was ok
bookshelves: f-sf-class

Okay, so we all know that the Grimm fairy tales are grimmer than their modern Disneyfied versions. But read as a collection, they also come across as woefully inadequate from a modern storytelling perspective. In most cases, the stories have little to no characterization (many character never even get names, just functions, like "the king's son"), and the plots are simplistic and predictable, except when they're not (e.g., an abrupt "and then they all died."). But of course, these were never intended as literature; they probably functioned instead as entertainments (like gathering around to share ghost stories) or moral instruction (but not all of them teach morals you might expect). In fact, they mostly read like plot treatments, the skeleton on which a rich and glittering story could be created. Hey, great idea!

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July 28, 2012 – Finished Reading
August 12, 2012 – Shelved
August 12, 2012 – Shelved as: f-sf-class

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message 1: by Shawn (new)

Shawn Thrasher This is a reason they were shelved with nonfiction in a library setting - the intent wasn't storytelling - it was capturing and categorizing folklore.

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