Oct 24 2011 8:30am

Once Upon a Time...And They All Lived Happily Ever After

Last night, Twitter was abuzz with the debut of Once Upon A Time, a show based on the fairy tales we grew up loving (some might offer those stories as our first introduction to romance—“happily ever after,” anyone?).

Here’s a preview of next episode, and a question: What’s your favorite fairy tale? Or what’s your favorite modern interpretation of a fairy tale?

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Shiloh Walker
1. shiloh_walker
Crud... I meant to watch this one. Forgot about it. Hmmm....I love fairy tales, just love them. Favorite? Bluebeard, maybe. It's creepy.

Fave mod telling? That would have to be Betty Sharpe's telling of Cinderella... EMBER.
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
@shiloh_walker: I should've watched this! I love fairy tales, and my favorite is probably "Donkeyskin," from Andrew Lang's collection. The Betty Sharpe story looks FUN.
K.M. Jackson
3. kwanawrites
The tv show was really good last night and I was all prepared to not like it. I'll be back next week.

One of my favorite fairy tales in Cinderella also Snow White. I saw both at Radio City as a kid ans thought they were so beautiful.
Cristina P
4. krissapl
My favorite was, and still is Beauty and the Beast. :)
Heather Waters
5. HeatherWaters
@krissapl -- Excellent choice. I would love another version of it on TV, though. Not a remake, but another retelling in modern times. Who doesn't love a good Beauty and the Beast story?
Regina Thorne
6. reginathorn
@meganf I ADORE "Donkeyskin" too - despite its quite horrible subject matter. Have you read Robin McKinley's Deerskin which is a novelistic riff on that tale? And of course, Angela Carter wrote many wonderful fairy-tales (I passionately love her version of "Bluebeard's Castle.") I also like "new" fairy tales very much - I have recently purchased a collection called My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me - just the title alone made it a must-have!) And on that note, a couple of recent YA novels based on fairy tales that are also wonderful are Elizabeth Bunce's A Curse as Dark as Gold (based on "Rumpelstiltskin") and Margot Lanagan's Tender Morsels, based on "Snow White and Rose Red."

I am sure that my love of fantasy literature is directly born out of how much I liked fairy tales as a kid - I had all these wonderful books of Russian fairy tales (and Indian comic books based on the great Indian epics as well) and all the Andrew Lang fairy tale collections and I still wanted more.
Cristina P
7. krissapl
@redline_ Oh, yes, I agree. Would love a Beauty and the Beast inspired movie done well. There is a movie from 2010, but I couldn't watch it after seeing the reviews.
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