A Grimm revival …

The sudden fascination with all things Grimm, hasn’t gone unnoticed by me. Last night, for a father’s day treat (well, he thinks it was) we went to the cinema to watch the new ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’, film starring Kristen Stewart. It’s the second time in the past couple of months that we’ve been to see an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairytale, the first being ‘Mirror Mirror’ starring Julia Roberts. Both films were ‘okay’, neither blew me away, but I think I slept sounder through Mirror Mirror, if that’s anything to go by.

We’ve also been watching the American TV series, Grimm, which follows Nick Burkhardt, a Grimm (monster hunter) on his quest to rid the world of the part human/part monsters called Wesen. He is the only one able to see their monstrous side. It’s quite entertaining, not at all taxing and I find his side kick, Eddie Monroe rather amusing.

And then there is the other American TV series, ‘Once upon a Time’, which centres around the town of Storybrooke in Maine. Each character appears to have an alter ego, based on a fairytale character and it is down to the main character, Emma Swan who just so happens to be the long-lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, to unravel the mysteries behind the fairytale town.

So, I noticed there was a pattern forming and wondered if I was missing something (often happens). Having looked into it, this year seems to be the 200th Anniversary of the Brothers Grimm publishing their first volume of fairytales. The book contains all the famous favourites such as Cinderella, Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, The Elves and the Shoe Maker and oh so many more.

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One thought on “A Grimm revival …

  1. Diane says:

    The original fairy stories were wonderful in my very humble and old fashioned opinion but of course very much of it would be frowned upon today. I haven’t seen any of the films etc. that you mention but there is an interesting discussion on another blog about whether films of books are better than the original work. I think that with today’s wonderful special effects it would be fun to see some of the old stuff providing it’s done well. I am amazed that it is 200 years since the stories first saw the light though, that is truly incredible.

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