February 3, 2013 by Alice in Readerland
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.
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?