[LMB] OT: Stereotypes was DOS Attack, Iraq Style...

Kalina Varbanova kikibug13 at gmail.com
Tue May 2 13:23:58 BST 2006


On 5/2/06, Margaret Dean <margdean at erols.com> wrote:
>
> 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 classic form.


I wonder how Tolkein fit in Anderson at all... Well, the Snow Queen ends
happily (and other stories too), but... The little mermaid, the little
matchbox-seller... so many of his fairy tales end up sadly. Tragically.
Sigh.

Kalina
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