Friday, July 23, 2010

Fairy Tale Friday

Friday is for Fairytales is a meme hosted by Irena at This Miss Loves to Read. Every Friday, you can choose a fairytale you love, or simply find interesting or haunting, and review it or simply say why you like it so much, or why it has captured your attention. Instead of a fairytale, you can choose a favourite fairytale character and describe him/her and tell us why you like them, or you can simply share an experience connected to a fairytale. Fairytales can be old and modern, written by a known author or anonymous, written down or passed on orally, short or in novel form (like re-writings of fairytales), international or typical for your country alone. In this case, present your country’s fairytale and we can all become acquainted with a new fairytale. So, make a post every Friday that is connected to the world of fairytales, be it a review, a character description or your own fairytale experience. Let’s celebrate fairytales and share our love for them.

This is a picture based on one of my favorite Brothers Grimm stories. It's called The Three Spinners. It's about a bratty girl who hates spinning so her mother beats her. The queen hears the girl's screams but the mother lies and says it is because the girl LOVES spinning so much that she can no longer afford it. The queen says she will take the girl who must spin a huge quantity and then she can marry the prince. The girl ends up crying but the three spinners appear. One has a huge chin, one has a huge thumb, and one has a huge foot. They offer to do it in exchange for an invitation to their wedding where the girl must introduce them as her family and not be ashamed of them despite their appearance. The girl agrees. At the wedding, the girl introduces them to her husband who is appalled by their appearance. When they share that it is because of spinning, he declares that his beautiful wife (did I mention that she is beautiful? Because of course she is) will never spin again.

I have a soft spot for this as my mom read it a lot to me from her Grimm collection. I like that the girl and the spinners uphold their ends of the bargain. I love the prince's reactions first to the spinners and then to their explanation. It's an important part of my childhood.

I would love to read a reworking of this with a. a female protagonist who has a name and b. expands on the spinners. Anyone inspired to give it a shot?

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely post! I know this fairy-tale and it's really sweet and delightful to read!
    Wonderful post! I love your explanation as to why you like the story.

    It would be great if someone wrote an expanded version of this story. Maybe you could do it!


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