Veering from the Original

I love the recent Disney movie Tangled.  The plot is fun, the romance is well done, and it has the best Disney horse ever!  However, it doesn’t really stick to the original story of Rapunzel.  There’s no craving for vegetables and theft from the neighboring witch, there’s no loss of eyesight, and the main guy is far from a prince.

Granted, most movies made using fairy tales have a lot of variation.  Even some of my favorite novels are new twists on fairy tales.  (Beauty  by Robin McKinley is fabulous, and I really like Mercedes Lackey’s approach in her Five Hundred Kingdoms series.)  I guess that’s the reality of fairy tales.  They were handed down orally before they were ever recorded, and generations of tellings have created a whole slew of changes, tweaks, and unique interpretations.

Movies based directly on novels irritate me because they make changes, but for some reason movies that are derived from fairy tales are somehow not just acceptable, they’re fun!

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