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    Can we have new fairy tales?

    So many of our "modern" fairytales are retellings of the old (Hans Christian Anderson, the Brothers Grimm), but why is that? Can movies like Frozen be considered modern fairytales?

    • I think is helpful to read here A Hero of a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell. It talks about the act of storytelling all along human history and a formula that has made all these stories successful. It also proposes that the importance of a story is not what you tell, but how you tell it. – Mariana Aramburu 1 year ago
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    • Frozen is such a loose adaptation of the Snow Queen that I think it's fair to say it is its an entirely new fairy tale borrowing elements from an older one. When I think of a "modern fairy tale" though, the term makes me think of a modern 20th/21st century setting. We don't see many fairy tales in a modern setting that aren't just tacky rehashing of classics, but I think I would consider Edward Scissorhands a modern fairy tale. It's told in a very fairy tale-like format, with the old woman telling the story to the child, and it's got very obvious fantasy and romance traits. – VidalChavez 1 year ago
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    • Also Charlotte's Web – VidalChavez 1 year ago
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    • This is a great idea that deserves attention. Frozen is most definitely a modern attempt at updating the fairy tale tradition, albeit it exploits Hans Christian Andersen rather than updates his work. Disney and Pixar are the source for today's "new" fairy tales but the great conflict of interest in today's world is that everything costs so much to produce and behind it all is always the pursuit of profit. How can anyone tell the truth if the truth might upset the audience? – OldTobyTook 1 year ago
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    A well-expressed commentary on one of my favorite characters. Thanks for this!

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