I don’t know when it started, social networks have popularized various dark interpretations that subvert cognition.
The combination of “Dark + Classic Works” immediately has 200% attractive magic power.
On a question-and-answer platform, one question received 1,872 answers and 51.83 million page views.
“Which classic fairy tales have you seen actually ruin the Three Views?”
The classic chapter “Snow White” of “The Grimm’s Fairy Tales” is a typical representative of the “deep pick” and “re-interpretation”.
The so-called “dark truth” that has spread is really shocking.
The rumored dark story of “Snow White”
Why did the queen murder Snow White?
Many people believe that the queen is jealous of the princess’s beauty, and she has a murderous intention.
“Magic mirror, magic mirror, tell me, who is the most beautiful woman in the world?”
But in the dark version circulated on the Internet, this scene was told:
The queen once ran into a man dressed in disguise in the promenade and sneaked into Snow White’s room.
That is her husband.
The suspicious queen peeped through the keyhole.
What she saw was a scene of incest between the king and the father and daughter of Snow White.
From “Terrorizing Grimm’s Fairy Tales”
The two closest people betrayed herself at the same time, and the queen planted the seeds of resentment in her heart, and finally decided to murder the princess.
During this period, she hesitated for a while because of her compassion for her daughter.
The opposite is Snow White, who is always arrogant and selfish.
Even in the face of the king, she still calls to and fro, and will bully and frighten the servants with her father’s pampering.
Later, after being awakened by the prince, he was crazy infatuated with all kinds of luxurious furniture and costumes in the prince’s palace.
She is domineering and extravagant, completely no longer the kind and pure in our memory.
What is the relationship between the dwarf and the princess?
In memory, the little man took in the troubled Snow White and kept guarding her.
Snow White washes and cooks for the little people and gets along very well.
In fact, there are even more shocking versions.
The relationship between Snow White and the dwarfs was once chaotic.
The dwarfs consider themselves as princess fathers, and take turns to befriend Snow White at night.
When Snow White comes into contact with the rough skin and stubble of the dwarfs, she thinks of her enjoyment when she was intimate with her father.
Does the prince love Snow White, or her body?
The prince kissed and awakened the dead Snow White, which seemed inconceivable to many people.
In the dark stories circulating on the Internet, he made bold speculations about the prince’s behavior:
Is it heartache that she left, or just love her body?
The prince could not fall in love with the living girl and kept searching for the body of the light girl.
After obtaining the corpse, he would always hold the corpse and touch it with emotion.
The corpse won’t have any reaction, it will only gradually get cold, and the prince is very fascinated by this feeling.
Therefore, the prince was not ecstatic when Snow White woke up, but “frustrated more than happy.”
Is the deeply-picked “Snow White” really true?
Judging from these cruel details, “Snow White” seems to have achieved the name “Dark Fairy Tale”.
Every day, a group of people on the Internet are inadvertently “shattered by the three views”.
But in fact, none of these stories originated from “The Grimm’s Fairy Tales”, but from “The Shocking Grimm’s Fairy Tales” written by Japanese writer Kiryu Cao (first published in 1998).
Kiryu Cao is the pen name shared by two Japanese female writers Tsutsuko and Kayoko Ueda.
After returning from studying abroad, they began to publish works with the background of the European Renaissance in the identity of “Kiryu Cao”.
However, due to issues such as content scale and authenticity, his work was ordered to stop publishing, and was even classified as a “banned book.”
This is the case with “Terrorizing Grimm’s Fairy Tales”.
It is adapted based on the character setting of Grimm’s fairy tales and blends into the dark side of social ethical relations.
In the preface of this book, Cao Kiryu stated very clearly:
This book is not directly related to “The Grimm’s Fairy Tales”, but her independent literary creation borrowed the name of Grimm’s Fairy Tales .
In the preface of the book, the author confesses:
“While retaining the cruel and rugged expressions of the’first edition’ of Grimm’s fairy tales, we have more thoroughly unearthed the deep psychology and hidden meanings hidden in the fairy tales, and created more vivid creations with my own interpretation and expression techniques. “The Grimm’s Fairy Tales”.”
In a sense, “The Shocking Grimm’s Fairy Tales” can be regarded as a derivative work of the original “Grim’s Fairy Tales”.
But in the dissemination, Xu was for “gimmicks” and “contrast”. People directly ignored the author’s statement, dubbed it the title of “Original Grimm’s Fairy Tale” and spread it widely.
The rumors intensified, and over time, people believed that it was true, true and false.
In China, various so-called “original Grimm’s fairy tales” have been circulating.
For example, “Adult Grimm’s Fairy Tales” published by Shanxi Ancient Books Publishing House in 2000, “True Grimm’s Fairy Tales” published by Henan University Press in 2003, and so on. Content rumors.
Scholars have verified that these two books are actually born out of the Japanese best-seller “Terrorizing Grimm’s Fairy Tales”.
The derivative works suddenly possessed a status comparable to the “original”.
Relying on people’s curiosity psychology, it spreads widely and quickly on the Internet with the tide.
Is the misunderstood “The Grimm’s Fairy Tales” dark?
However, in addition to the dark version circulating on the Internet, in fact, “Snow White” has also undergone many changes from the Ohrenberg manuscript in 1810 to the more widely circulated final draft in 1857:
For example, it was not the young and handsome prince who rescued Snow White in the end, but the father who returned from the war abroad;
Snow White’s awakening was due to the servant’s resentment. She beat the crystal coffin and shook out the poisonous apple from her throat…
There are quite a few plots, which, in today’s view, are particularly “destroying the three views.”
Snow White’s stepmother was the biological mother in the original setting of “The Grimm’s Fairy Tales”
The queen’s “birth mother” setting is from the earliest manuscript of the Brothers Grimm in 1810.
Because the story of the biological mother killing her daughter is too cruel, this version has been criticized.
In the final version of “The Grimm’s Fairy Tales” in 1857, the queen’s birth mother was replaced by her stepmother.
The first edition of 1812 vs the final edition of 1857
In fact, many Grimm’s fairy tales have similar “biological mother-stepmother” role changes.
The bad woman who abandoned the protagonist brother and sister in the forest in “Candy House” was also given the status of stepmother when the fourth edition was revised.
One of the most common views is that:
“The image of a cold-blooded and tyrannical mother is really far away from the image of motherhood, gentleness, and love that children are familiar with.”
And during the dissemination and revision of the fairy tales, Grimm’s fairy tales have gradually become children’s bedtime books.
This cruel plot of “birth mother and daughter” is not suitable for reading for children before going to bed.
The queen’s ending is tragic enough
In the first edition of 1812 and the seventh edition of “The Grimm’s Fairy Tales” in 1857, the queen’s ending was basically the same.
She was invited to participate in the wedding ceremony of Snow White and the prince, and at the ball, she was forced to wear a pair of iron shoes that were burnt red to dance.
The queen’s feet were severely burned by iron shoes, but she couldn’t stop dancing and could only dance until she died.
Such a tragic ending is because the original intention of “The Grimm’s Fairy Tales” was not written for children.
It is a collection of folk tales collected by the Brothers Grimm to alert the world.
So to a certain extent, it can reflect the social outlook of the times to a certain extent.
The queen is evil and cruel, more like a witch.
The act of eating Snow White’s heart and liver (actually replaced by the animal heart and liver by the hunter) is exactly what a bloodthirsty witch would do.
The “iron shoes” worn by the queen was also one of the common tortures used to torture witches in medieval Europe.
In fact, the Brothers Grimm had their own considerations for rewriting part of the original “Dark” plot.
Although Grimm’s fairy tales were not originally written for children, with the increasing number of children’s readers, the Brothers Grimm’s tendency to regard “The Grimm’s Fairy Tales” as a “book of education” has become increasingly clear.
They re-determined the editorial policy and eliminated all performance that was inconsistent with the child.
This kind of adaptation seems more reasonable and reasonable compared to various disseminations that are gimmicks and contrasts.
As a classic fairy tale that has been handed down to this day, it is remembered not because of the so-called “darkness” and “reversal”, but about the expression of love, humanity, and kindness.
I hope that those “true original” rumors will stop at you and me.
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