Rhin’s Guest Post on a Favorite Fairy Tale

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February 3, 2013 by Alice in Readerland

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Please welcome Rhin from her lovely blog, Perfect Nostalgia, as she talks about what her favorite fairy tale is and why.  

When Alice asked me to do a guest post for her blog, I immediately accepted her invitation. She’ll be featuring fairy tale-related posts for the whole month of February and the content of this post would be just about that.

I grew up watching a lot of Disney movies, especially its fairy tale movie adaptations – be it Cinderella, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and so on. I won’t deny that Disney has already become a part of me in which I can’t seem to easily remove from my life. To be honest, if you would ask me to give you the gist of the fairy tales I’m familiar with, I’d initially give you the versions from Disney. It was only later on that I began to comprehend their original, darker versions. Although of course, I don’t think this applies to all fairy tales.

I admit that I don’t know the original versions of all fairy tales. However, basing it on Disney’s film adaptations, The Little Mermaid is, by far, my favorite of all. I have always been fascinated by mermaids, wishing they exist in reality. And The Little Mermaid movie strengthened my admiration towards them more. Disney’s portrayal of mermaids certainly captures how most people (and I) perceive them – long-haired, beautiful creatures with amazing singing voices living under the sea. To some, though, they see mermaids as hideous creatures luring seamen with their voices to death. There have been legends and news going on that they are real, but no definite proof (as far as I know) has been found yet of their existence.

Moving on, I love Ariel’s character in ways I can never fully explain, but perhaps it may have something to do with my childhood subconscious dream. For one, I wanted to experience how a mermaid lives despite the fact that I’m afraid of water and can’t swim. Second, I’d hoped to have hair as long as Ariel’s since my mom didn’t let me grow my hair longer than shoulder-length until I was in 6th Grade. And lastly, being the frustrated singer that I am, I wished to be as good as Ariel in singing.

Upon learning that the original tale of The Little Mermaid varies from the Disney version, especially the ending, I admit to have been disappointed by it, but I slowly learn to accept that not all fairy tales have happy endings. At the end of the day, what matters most is that I still like the mermaid’s determination to be with the one she loves and the extent of her willingness to sacrifice for her love.

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See more of the Disney Dream Portrait series in Rhin’s post here.

I haven’t found any other good retellings of The Little Mermaid yet aside from Carolyn Turgeon’s Mermaid (my review can be found here). I believe any mermaid fans would love this book. I’m still looking for other The Little Mermaid retellings, so if you guys happen to find one, do let me know!

To end this post, I would like to pass on the question to you now: What is your favorite fairy tale and why?

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25 thoughts on “Rhin’s Guest Post on a Favorite Fairy Tale

  1. HelloKitty12 says:

    “I wanna be where the people are!” <3 Little Mermaid!

  2. Sunny says:

    Great post! How could I pick my favorite fairy tale? Based on Disney retellings, I would have to say I love Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin, and Mulan especially. I mean, Mulan kicks butt with her hilarious sidekick Mushu, Aladdin is awesome and I always wished I was Jasmine, and Belle loves books while you just want to hug the Beast. They’re all winners in my mind ;)

    I do think mermaids are very interesting and I would also like to read more Little Mermaid retellings :) Although, nothing can beat the original due to the songs!

  3. Michelle says:

    I LOVED Disney’s The Little Mermaid when I was a kid, but I have to admit that when I’ve watched it as a grown up I started realizing things about it that I didn’t when I was little. I definitely think it is the most sexist of all the Disney movies. I mean a girl gives up her voice (because you know men like it better when we don’t talk) and rely’s soley on her looks to get a guy… a guy she hasn’t ever even met, she just thinks he’s hot. And she’s willing to give up her family and whole world for this guy.

    IDK I mean I love the music and the fun way in which it’s presented, but if you really look at the message, it’s a little shaky for me.

  4. Rhin says:

    Yey, thank you for inviting me to do a guest post. You’re the first and I definitely enjoyed writing this entry. And thanks to those who commented.

    I envy you were able to watch the stage musical version of this. I hadn’t had a chance to watch it when our local theatrical production did a show on The Little Mermaid. I did, however, watched the Disney stage musical of Aladdin.

    Anyway, I also have to agree that Michelle pointed out some good points on her in-depth analysis of The Little Mermaid. It’ll make one rethink of the mermaid’s actions either as a strength or weakness. Our perceptions really change as we grow up.

    • Thank you so much for writing the post, I loved reading it, especially this part: “At the end of the day, what matters most is that I still like the mermaid’s determination to be with the one she loves and the extent of her willingness to sacrifice for her love.” You described it perfectly! :)

  5. I love ‘The Little Mermaid’ oh the ending in the original is so sad though!

  6. Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews says:

    I think everybody has a love for Disney somewhere. I love the focus on the mermaids and ‘The Little Mermaid’ such a lovely Disney film.

    Great guest post!

  7. Fun fact: The Little Mermaid was the first film I ever saw at the cinema. As for favourite fairy tales, for me it has to be either Beauty and the Beast, or Rapunzel. They are also my two favourite disney adaptations, but I also have a soft spot for Disney’s version of Peter Pan. The Disney Dream Portraits are amazing too, I spent far too much time looking at them all, haha!

  8. I’m about to divulge really shameful and embarrassing facts right here, but what the hey. I LOVED The Little Mermaid, and so what I did when I was a kid was to stuff my feet into a pillowcase, and perch on a triangular pillow, and occasionally flipping said tail. Since I was an only child for about 7 years, I was free to dream about it as much as I wanted to without a sibling laughing over my antics. I also loved being in my mini-bathtub because I was convinced that the water gods would surely give me a tail, as long as I proved to them how dedicated of a mermaid I would be with the amount of time I spent “frolicking” in the water.

    I adored The Little Mermaid because she had awesome red hair (Now that I think about it, maybe that’s the reason why I keep dyeing my hair red all the time.), and she was a princess (Yes, I was a princess girl, but I also liked playing with Hot Wheels – now those were my first toys.), but also because she was headstrong and fearless enough to brave the unknown for love. I thought that was awesome.

    • A high-five to the only other person I’ve met who played princesses AND Hot Wheels growing up! I also loved to pretend I was flying when I was younger because I was fascinated by Disney’s Peter Pan. :) Thanks for stopping by & commenting!

  9. Little Mermaid was the first movie I saw in theaters! But Beauty and the Beast was my favorite because it began with Belle reading a book!

    When the new Pride and Prejudice began with Elizabeth Bennett walking and reading I squeeled outloud in the theater and decided on the spot I would love it (though I’d gone in skeptical)

    Which brings up an interesting point… can Jane Austen be my favorite fairy tale?

  10. Carol says:

    I much prefer Disney’s Little Mermaid to the original!

  11. Lottie Eve says:

    I wanted to be a mermaid when I was little. (I secretly still want to be a mermaid ;) )

    • I love The Little Mermaid, last time I went to Disneyland I had so much fun riding on Ariel’s Under the Sea Adventures, I wish the ride had been around when I was younger! :) Thanks for stopping by & commenting!

  12. I also really liked Carolyn Turgeon’s book! But nothing can beat the good old Disney movies <3 Even when I only think about Disney, I have this excited and loving feeling, haha. They are just.. so good and I can watch hem over and over again. Great guest post!

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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