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Sunday, July 02, 2006

What is Your Favorite Fairytale?

I'm doing some research for a book I'm going to begin writing this summer, and I'd love to know what your favorite fairy (or folk) tale is, and why. Please give me as much info as possible, and (if it's obscure) tell me where I could find it. I appreciate any and all feedback!

Update on Ozma: She's better today, though still having some mild complications. Michelle informs me that Edward White Hospital sucks royally (which is obvious, I suppose). If Ozma continues to have problems, I'll drag her to a real hospital! Otherwise, her surgery is still scheduled for Thursday. Thank you so much for your concern.

21 comments:

~Deb said...

Favorite fairy tale is "Beauty and the Beast, because it focuses on unconditional love that goes way beyond beauty and looks.

I hope Ozma is okay. My prayers and thoughts are with you both!!! It's a FIXABLE solution! I know it is! She'll be back to new in no time!

Enjoy your weekend and good luck with your book!

OldHorsetailSnake said...

The fairy tale I most liked was the one where the guy got the magic beans and put them in the ground and they grew up into the sky so he climbed up there to find everybody had a bad case of the flatulence.

michelle said...

I work at a different hospital so I think a lot of hospital suck, so you may not want to take my word for that.

Saur♥Kraut said...

Michelle, the fact that almost NO one has heard of Edward T White Hospital means (to me) that you're probably correct. :D

Old Hoss, ewww! Leave it to you! ;o)

Deb, thanks, sweetie. You know, Disney's Beauty and the Beast is my favorite cartoon/movie. I love it too!

The Lazy Iguana said...

I always likes the Uncle Remus tales. You know, Disney's "Song Of The South".

Good luck finding the movie. Disney refuses to release it on DVD. If you go to Disney you hear that awful "zip-a-dee-doo-dah" song - but ask someone where the song comes from and unless you happen to ask me NOBODY KNOWS!

Song Of The South opens with Uncle Remus singing it.

Our new White House Press Secretary knows too. His "I do not want to hug the tar baby" comment is from an Uncle Remus tale.

Senor Caiman said...

Saur,

I gotta go with "Sleeping Beauty". I actually own two horses.

Mr. Fabulous said...

Thanks for keeping us up to date.

I am not a fairy tale guy, I am afraid :)

Badoozie said...

i can't even think of a fairy tale, let along an obscure one?

Reverberate58 said...

I always enjoyed Hansel & Gretel. Something about a house made of sweets always appealed to me when reading that story!

Miss Cellania said...

I like Fa Mulan, the Chinese story of a girl who dresses as a man to serve in the military in her father's place. She becomes a national hero. She's no passive princess, waiting for her Prince Charming to show up and save her. This is story handed down over a couple hundred years, supposedly with roots in a true story.

For the same reason, I also like Beauty and the Beast!

Hey, did you know that there is a cersion of the Coinderella story in just about all world cultures, but it originated in China? Yeah, the land of the traditional foot fetish. The original is pretty creepy, because the king never meets Cinderella, just becomes fascinated with the woman whose foot is small enough to leave the tiny slipper. Thats... creepy.

mal said...

my favorite is Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby. Very politically incorrect, but a very strong lesson about managing anger

AQ said...

I liked the Three Billy Goats Gruff. I don't know why.

I also liked Beauty and the Beast.

uncle joe said...

I remember liking the Billy Goats Gruff ? or something like that when I was a kid but right now I have no memory of it...must google,must google......

uncle joe said...

3 billy goats gruff, I remember it after reading it. the troll with the three goats trying to cross the bridge..

Carly likes Thumbelina
I also remember mom reading The Princess and the Pea. Rumplestiltskin scared the bejeebers out of me...

Meow said...

Hope all goes well with Ozma. Surely the hospital can't be that bad (can it ?!?!).
Anyway, my favorite fairy tale / story is Bambi, and also Thumper. They are both beautiful stories.
Good luck with the research.
Take care, Meow

Grant said...

I don't know if this exactly counts, but I liked Stephen King's Cycle of the Werewolf. It's a short work with (I think) twelve chapters, one per month. Each chapter is a different work of art dealing with a tale about a werewolf. In particular, I liked the chapter set in February, Valentine's Day - beautiful language mixed with gore and the desperation of a lonely woman wanting to be loved.

Ellen said...

So glad to hear Ozma is doing better, and it's nice to hear that she has Dr. Saur-House to count on with all she is going through.

I can't pick any one Fairy Tale... as I liked them all. Each one had a moral in them somewhere, which I always thought was a nice touch.
That said though... I was always a little partial to the story of The Little Red Hen. The moral was: if you joined in to help, you were rewarded.... those that lazed the day away went hungry.

Can't wait to see what story you write!

BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Glad to hear that she is better.

Rupenzil (sp.)

Have a great 4th!

green said...

Hope all is ok with your friend Ozma!!

I've always been partial to Rumplestiltskin (I can never remember how to spell it) and always wondered where the little guy went after he stamped the hole in the floor with his foot...

audible said...

One of my favorite stories/fairy tales was the one about the chinese boy with a very long name- something very un-PC like tiki tiki tembo no sa rem bo chari bhari buchi pip peri pembo. He fell into a well and his little brother had a heck of a time saving him since it took so long for him to say the lengthy name. "And that's why from that day on all Chinese children have sort names." I had an original "Little Black Sambo" book from my grandmother's childhood too.

As for traditional fairy tales, I found most to be very scary. None more so than the story of the red dancing shoes. A little girl begs and begs her poor parents to get her these red dancing shoes. When she finally gets her wish the greedy littl girl puts them on her feet and finds she can't stop dancing. Eventually a kindly wood cutter hacks off her legs so that she can have some rest. As a shoe loving child this story spoke to me.

United We Lay said...

There's a great book called Not One Damsel in Distress. It is a collection of stories that DO NOT include women being rescused in any way by men. They take care of themselves.