We’ve all seen them remade over and over either in full or as a base for a story loosely modelled on or around them. Some of the first epic tales of love and happily ever afters were Fairy Tales. I personally love Drew Barrymore in Ever After (not A Cinderella Story like I originally thought) and other more unconventional remakes like The Brothers Grim. There are romance novels galore based on Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast and it works. Take Beauty and the Beast. Usually she is judged unfairly by her beauty or she suffers pride and he is the other way around, crippled by scars or ugliness on the outside or the inside (because remember beauty is only skin deep) and together they have to sort it out, overcome, and then live happily ever after. I love the Shrek movies because I’m a sucker for the underdog (or ogre in that case). And I love, love, love Hoodwinked which is a blend of so many fairy tales it’s hard to separate and pick them all out.
I got so excited about the remake of Little Red Riding Hood in 2010. I decided for once to read the book before watching the movie. It worked with Twilight—so glad I was to read the books and look at it in my own mind before letting crappy acting skills ruin it for me—that I decided to do it with Red Riding Hood too. Well, if you haven’t seen the movie, don’t bother. It was not worth the money I paid or the night I lost and I don’t usually bag movies especially in a public forum, but it was crap. The book I quite enjoyed for the twists and turns and I worked out who the wolf was about halfway through but the movie was badly done.
The only thing I’m excited more about this week than the second-last instalment on the Twilight series is the trailer I saw today for Snow White and the Huntsman. Charlize Theron is hot (So is Sophie Monk). Home and Away Dude from Thor (Chris Hemsworth is his name) is super freakin’ awesomely hot! Kristen Stewart I’m not so sure of. I wasn’t on the bashing bandwagon over her in Twilight. I actually think she did the part justice since Bella stutters and trips over a lot in the book. So Kristen Stewart has a chance to redeem herself in the eyes of so many in the next few months (I don’t know when it’s releases yet and I thought I’d leave it as a surprise for you). I am going to try to find the book first if there is one because I like that.
My question for you is what is your favourite Fairy Tale story and what format is it? Mine changes but right now it’s Tangled/Rapunzel remade into a Disney movie. I think Rumplestiltskin would be interesting if they wanted to take that on and before Tangled it was Beauty and the Beast. I’d like to say my love of Disney classics is a result of having children but the truth is I had them all well before the babies =) I can sing along with the movies and I know most of the words to The Lion King, Aladdin and Cinderella. Yes, very sad, but there it is.
Now it’s your turn...