The Real-Life Inspiration for “Beauty and the Beast” Is Too Dark for Disney

Η Ωραία και το Τέρας: μια αληθινή ιστορία

 

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It may be a “tale as old as time,” but “Beauty and the Beast” isn’t “true as it can be.” Like many fairy tales, the Disney classic you’re familiar with is really a new, child-friendly version of a historically dark tale. But this story has even darker roots.

For thousands of years, folktales from around the world have included descriptions of a bride with an animal groom. When French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve finally published the first written version of the story in 1740, it was based on a sad but true tale.

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I put a spell on ….. gourd

 

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Storytells with starring witches, marbleing boys and throwing spells or curses.

Parents who abandon their children. Muddy dragons that steal the beauty of the girls. Terrible forests with wolves, vampires and elves … And yet. The children clearly show that they are enchanted by fairytales with violent heroes and scary plot.

Παραμύθια με πρωταγωνίστριες γριές μάγισσες, που μαρμαρώνουν τα αγόρια και ρίχνουν ξόρκια ή κατάρες.

Γονείς που εγκαταλείπουν τα παιδιά τους. Μοχθηροί δράκοι που κλέβουν την ομορφιά των κοριτσιών. Τρομακτικά δάση με λύκους, βρικόλακες και ξωτικά… Κι όμως. Τα παιδιά δείχνουν ξεκάθαρα, πως μαγεύονται από παραμύθια με βίαιους ήρωες και τρομακτική πλοκή. Continue reading