Reading Notes: Grimm Librivox (B)

  • The Brothers Grimm stories don’t make any sense! I understand why the dwarf would get to marry the youngest princess, but why would his brothers? They tried, but they were also jerks…
  • I sure as heck wouldn’t go back to a man who was willing to marry another woman because his father asked him too. I wonder what would have happened if she had agreed with me
  • I think I’d like Jorindel and Jorinda better if Jorinda found a way to free herself, or if Jorindel hadn’t needed magic help.
  • I wonder why so many of these characters are ungrateful. It’s a good theme, but there’s so much of it that it’s getting annoying
  • I’m not sure how I feel about the 12 dancing princesses. I want to know why the princesses were going, and who the princes were. How did they set it up? How long has it been going on?
  • I love the irony in the turnip. The first brother is jealous of the other’s new found wealth and ends up with the turnip. The student is too silly to realize the sack can’t make him smarter so he has to stay in it until someone wiser lets him out
  • I like that someone outsmarted the fox! It’s also pretty cool that the birds were able to beat all the other animals, even if it was through trickery

Bibliography: Fairy Tales by the Bothers Grimm. Web source.

Image: Ballet by sobima. Source: Pixabay

Reading Notes: Grimm Librivox (A)

  •  The princess from the princess and the frog is a spoiled brat. I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind wanting to marry her, even if she did break his curse
  • Pretty standard Rapunzel story. Even though it’s traditional, I think I prefer the Disney version.
  • Some of these stories seem to be very heavy on the “be happy with what you have and don’t ask for more” moral. I wonder if that’s because of the time period in which they were written
  • I didn’t know that the Brothers Grimm wrote lighthearted stories like the Traveling Musicians
  • What the heck is this Clever Elsie nonsense? I sure wouldn’t have married her
  • I love that it wasn’t the prince’s kiss that woke Briar Rose. The 100 years were up and the curse was already broken. I think it’s hilarious!

Bibliography: Fairy Tales by the Bothers Grimm. Web source.

Image: Rose Bush by Lynn Greyling. Source: PublicDomainPictures

Reading Notes: Europa’s Fairy Book (B)

  •  I am so not okay with the Swan Maidens. The hunter basically kidnapped the poor girl and then married her and she had two kids, all without him telling her that he had the means for her to go home. When she does find out (and leaves his ass) he steals from strangers to find her, and manages to get her back and they live happily ever after. There’s no way that would ever happen.
  • Honestly, the Visitor from Paradise makes no sense, but I love the ending: “It was and it was not.”
  • Inside again comes full circle in a sad way. I wish the fox had been a tab bit smarter
  • I’ve never read a Hansel and Gretel type story that ended like Johnnie and Grizzle, but I still question the idea of wanting to go back the the parents that abandoned you
  • Thumbkin is smart and savvy, but I can’t say that I condone his methods

Bibliography: Europa’s Fairy Book by Joseph Jacobs. Web source.

Image: 2008 Swan Lake Production. Source: Wikimedia

Reading Notes: Europa’s Fairy Book (A)

  •  At least this version of the Cinder-Maid includes a prince that remembers what the girl looks like. Instead he is trapped by the wording of his promise. But honestly the idea of falling in love with a girl’s face kind of freaks me out. I’d rather her fall in love with someone that she’d already known.
  • This version of Beauty and the Beast is kind of boring. I think it needs something to spice it up
  • I guess it makes sense for a holy man to forgive people, but I still think it’s a stretch that Jack would forgive his parents for trying to kill him and let them live with him
  • The princess in a Dozen at a Blow is such an airhead! She doesn’t like him because he’s a tailor, and then she changes her mind? There has to be more to it than that!
  • I love the cat from the Earl of Cattenborough, but Jack is kind of ungrateful. I wonder why the cat was so willing to help him.

Bibliography: Europa’s Fairy Book by Joseph Jacobs. Web source.

Image: Cat by cocoparisienne. Source: Pixabay

Reading Notes: Hans Christian Anderson (B)

This section of the Hans Christian Anderson reading is the Little Mermaid. I’ve never read this version before, but I’ve heard tell its pretty sad. Here goes!

  • It’s interesting that I can tell where Disney got inspiration for a lot of things, but some facts are so backwards. The main character is quite and thoughtful, and it’s all the sisters who are fascinated by ship wreckage
  • It’d be cool to write a traditional siren story from the mermaid’s point of view. What if they aren’t really wanting to kill people. They just want them to wreck their ships so the mer-people can get some cool stuff. Treasure hunting basically!
  • I think it would be pretty cool to have a story where the mermaid falls in love with humans in general, instead of the prince specifically, and she befriends the humans without trying to become one
  • I can’t tell what the grandmother is thinking. She has to know why the little mermaid is asking all these questions. Why doesn’t she stop her?
  • I did not know that she cut out the little mermaid’s tongue. How did this ever get adapted to Disney?
  • I’m pretty sure the little mermaid just got friend-zoned by the prince
  • Honestly the prince is a jerk. I wouldn’t want the little mermaid to end up with him, regardless of anything. I wonder what would have happened if she used her sister’s knife and killed him
  • I’m glad that the little mermaid became a child of the wind, but it seems like she still got the short end of the stick.

Bibliography: Fairy Tales and Stories by Hans Christian Anderson. Web source.

Image: Mermaid by Mysticartdesign. Source: Pixabay

Reading Notes: Hans Christian Andersen (A)

  • I’ve always thought that the Princess and the Pea was a silly story. Why would you want a princess as sensitive as all that? If I rewrote this the princess would be tested on her kindheartedness or bravery or wisdom, not how sensitive her skin is.
  • I have no plans to rewrite the Emperor’s New Suit because it is perfect just the way it is!
  • Honestly the Brave Tin Soldier is depressing. He wished for a wife and because of it, they both died. The dancer isn’t even a part of the story really. What if she didn’t like him? Why should she be punished for a wish she didn’t know anything about. It just isn’t fair.
  • I’d say the wicked prince got exactly what he deserved. The only thing that would make it better is if it was one of the people he wronged that ended him instead of a little gnat. Maybe a little kid who’s nickname was gnat, or a conquered citizen who was told he had less worth than a gnat?
  • So, I’ve read the story of the Little Match Girl before, but not like this. The one I read was very sad and hopeless but this one is kind of nice, in a weird way. The girl doesn’t realize that she’s dying. It might be nice to write it from the grandmother’s point of view, as if she knows that her granddaughter is going to die and sends her lovely images in the glow of the match. That way the girl isn’t scared and sees the wonderful things she can have in heaven.

Image: Match Smoke by Andrew Magill. Source: Flickr

Reading Notes: Robin Hood (B)

  •  I’ve read plenty of stories about Robin Hood pretending to be a beggar or sheppard or anything under the sun. I’d like to see one where he pretends to be himself, but no one believes him. Or one where he pretends to be someone rich and powerful instead of impoverished, just for variety.
  • Little John going begging makes no sense. How could he have gotten 300 pounds from beggars?
  • I like the story of Robin switching places with the old woman. It seems the most similar to the Robin Hood stories I’m familiar with.
  • I like this version of Maid Marion! She didn’t wait around and fret about Robin Hood, she disguised herself as a man and went searching for him! If I write a story, it’ll probably be about Marion and what she was doing as she looked for Robin
  • The trickster is tricked! I like the king and how he was able to fool Robin Hood. I feel like Robin and the Sheriff wouldn’t be able to make up though.
  • I find it interesting that there is several different versions of Robin Hood’s death, but I prefer the one where he dies fighting, even though him shooting an arrow to mark his grave is nice imagery

Bibliography: Bibliography: The English and Scottish Popular Ballads collected by Francis James Child.

Image: Lucy Griffiths as Maid Marion. Source: Fanpop

Reading Notes: Robin Hood (A)

  •  I’ve always seen Robin Hood portrayed as a great guy, but here he kind of isn’t. It might be interesting to write a story that explains why he became a good guy, or a story where he really is a villain.
  • Does Robin Hood adopt every person that wanders into Sherwood?
  • I wonder what Allen a Dale’s bride was thinking as all this happened. Or how she felt about moving to Sherwood
  • I like that Robin comes across as more of a trickster in these stories. Trickster tales are some of my favorites!

Bibliography: The English and Scottish Popular Ballads collected by Francis James Child.

Image: Robin Hood and Little John by Louis Rhead. Source: Wikimedia

Reading Notes: Nursery Rhymes (A)

  •  Why were the children taken to the woods in Babes in the Wood? Did they do something wrong or misbehave?
  • I feel like Robbin the Bobbin is secretly the story of a cannibalistic serial killer
  • Lady Wind would make a good story if it was told from the wind’s point of view’
  • Taffy was a Welshman could also be a fun story, no matter who’s point of view it was from
  • The rhyme about sneezing would be a funny premise for a rom com. Someone sneezes on a Tuesday and accidentally meets the love of their life
  • I love the Monday’s Child one! It’s something that my grandmother said to my mom when I was born on a Wednesday
  • I wonder what little Bo-peep was doing when she lost her sheep
  • Tom, the Piper’s son is kind of mean, but I bet I could make a fun story out of that
  • The pretty maid goes a-milking is awesome and I’d love to write that up longer
  • It’s kind of funny to see the Queen of Hearts, since I also read Alice in Wonderland this week
  • The trip to St. Ives would make a cool story

Bibliography: The Nursery Rhyme Book by Andrew Lang. Web Source.

Image: Nursery Rhymes by Edward Cogger. Source: Wikimedia

Reading Notes: Alice in Wonderland (B)

  •  I very much want to know why a raven is like a writing desk. I’ve been wondering that since the first time I read Alice in Wonderland
  • Honestly, I’m less interested in Alice’s adventures in Wonderland than the Cheshire Cat’s. I feel like he would be a very cool main character
  • It seems interesting to me that this is a dream. I think it would be interesting if, instead of dreaming, Alice actually was crazy, and her adventures in Wonderland were actually her life in a psychiatric hospital

Bibliography: “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carrol. Web Source.

Image: Alice by Danny PiG. Source: Flickr