[LMB] OT: Stereotypes was DOS Attack, Iraq Style...
margdean at erols.com
Tue May 2 13:15:42 BST 2006
Rachel Ganz wrote:
> > > I really liked the way they rewrote the ending to the Little Mermaid
> > > (how I *detested* the original)---
> > i've read several versions, which 'original' are you referring too? the one
> > where she doesn't get the kiss, loses the deal with the sea hag and turns to
> > foam?
> I think the first recorded version was the one by Hans Christian Andersen -
> hence the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen. And that is the sea-foam one.
> Much more realistic than the Disney version. Prince's don't marry dumb
But fairy tales are not supposed to be realistic, and in other
traditional fairy tales, princes (and princesses) end up with far
more unlikely partners. Caveat: I haven't seen the Disney
"Little Mermaid." But I have read Tolkien's essay "On Fairy
Stories," where he argues that the happy ending -- or
"eucatastrophe", to use his coined term for it -- is as
intrinsically necessary to the form as it is for a classic
tragedy to end with a death. So when I heard about Disney's
"Little Mermaid," I couldn't help thinking that (whatever else
they did with the story) they were remolding it truer to the
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