Friday, January 27, 2012

Fan Letter Friday (29)

This is fan letter friday. All the time I see nice, special, kind and good authors on twitter, facebook, their own blog, etc. that I make friends with or follow on accident and I adore them. I like them as more than authors. I like them as people. So, I decided, since I don't have time to review every single book these people have written, I'm going to write to them. I am going to flaunt my love for them all over the internet and hopefully brighten their day. I am going to sound, insane, rambly and possibly like a stalker, but that's just part of the fun right?

Dear Once Upon a Time,

(Shhhhhh, I know it's a TV show, but it involves some of the most iconic stories of all time.)

Let me be honest from the get go about this TV show. I do not watch it for the "real world" plot line. I mean Jennifer Morrison and Jared Gilmore are a good actors and all, but I just don't like that side of the story. I'm a fairy tale girl at heart and will always be much more interested in poisoned apples, bridge trolls and dragons than the mundane aspects of living as outcasts in a small town.

I cannot wait for the Beauty and the Beast Episode (Skin Deep, airing Feb.12) and am so looking forward to The Little Mermaid and Rapunzel episodes you have in the works. They're some of my favorite fables of all time. I have to wonder though, if you're branching from The Brothers Grimm into Hans Christian Anderson and Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villenuve, will you venture even further? Let's say, into Norwegian waters? My favorite fairy-tale has always been East of the Sun and West of the Moon, suffice it to say that there are almost no film or TV adaptations of this particular tale. (I was so angry to hear Don Bluth was going to do a movie for it, but it fell through, simply tragic.) What about the more widely known Snow Queen? In spite of it also being the creation of Hans Christian Anderson, the story hardly gets much recognition compared to the "Disney-fied" tales. Are you going to continue indefinitely with the more popular fables, or make a move into the more obscure with stories like Snow White and Rose Red, The Six Swans, Fitcher's Birds, The Queen Bee and thousands of others? I'd love to see the results.

While fairy tales have never and probably will never be uniform stories. (There's over 50 versions of Cinderella alone.) I have to admit I do like your variations in events, sometimes more than the originals. Having Rumpelstiltskin be a deal/wish monger as opposed to a baby stealer was downright wonderful. I never considered the possibility of the old witch from Hansel and Gretel being blind, my stories always went a different way. Snow White is probably my favorite variation. Most people accuse the character of being a dumb and lack luster Disney Princess, you've made her into a kick-ass chick. That's pretty awesome to me.

I admit to not liking a majority of the "Evil Queen vs. Snow White feud that somehow turns into a multi-kingdom brawl" story. However, I do admire you for taking some of the oldest characters ever created and making them into new people, with modern day motives. While it's true that a majority of people will only watch the show or look up the old stories on the internet. I live for the brave soul who gets interested in actual fairy tales, that wants to read the fables themselves. It's a long held stigma that those stories are only for children, but they aren't fairy-tales are for everyone. So, I guess, in a round-about way, you promote literacy and adult imagination, which I have to thank you for. Sometimes people need to believe in a little magic, even it's only for an hour on a Sunday night. You provide that. Much Kudos to you. :)


(A Once Upon a Time viewer)

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