parents are chucking fairy tales altogether, says a new study conducted by British TV channel, Watch.
The Daily Mail reports that some of the books most commonly left on the shelves
include Rumpelstiltskin and Rapunzel because kidnapping is the
centerpiece of their storylines. And, Little Red Riding Hood -- that Big
Bad Wolf is too gruesome when he gobbles up Red's grandma. A staggering
one-third of parents reported that their children were actually brought
to tears by the scene.
This year's rash of television series and movies riffing on fairy
tales further supports them being more grown-up than kid-friendly. The police procedural drama "Grimm,"
which premiered this season on NBC, centers each of its eerie episodes
on a different Brothers Grimm story, and last year's PG-13 "Red Riding
Hood" brought a similarly dark tone to the big screen. This spring's
"Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Mirror, Mirror," also seem to be
geared toward more adult audiences.
"There has been a move toward seeing fairy tales as an adult, or at any rate, a young adult dark sort of genre," children's author Diane Purkiss told the BBC.
"In the past, fairy tales were told by adults to adults, in William
Shakespeare's time. It's only in the Victorian era that they've become
moral children's tales and it looks like we're going back to the
inception of fairy stories now with a more adult take on them."
Yet, as The Telegraph reported, parents aren't turning down fairy
tales just because they're "scary." Over 50 percent of parents surveyed
said that they didn't read their kids Cinderella because the heroine
spends her days doing housework. Many felt that this theme of female
domesticity didn't send a good message. HuffPost blogger Amy Fox
recently wrote about a Cinderella book that she wishes didn't exist at all.
Other parents felt that many fairy tales simply brought up questions
that they weren't prepared to answer. Steve Hornsey, General Manager of
Watch told The Telegraph: "As adults we can see the innocence in
fairytales, but a five year old with an overactive imagination could
take things too literally."
So how do you feel about classic fairy tales? Which stories do you
feel comfortable reading to your kids -- and which would you rather they
didn't hear until they were older? Tell us in the comments!
Source : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/21/fairy-tales-kids-parents-too-scary_n_1283565.html