Mwahahahahaha! Welcome to the Dark Side of Fairy tales. We ALL know fairy tales. There is a quest, and a princess – or a damsel – and a hero, and a villain, and a struggle and, poof!, at the end everything works out. And, they are sweet and innocent and innocuous. Or, are they??
Spend any time on Fairy Tale Lobby, a blog hosted by LVSG member Megan Hicks and Mary Grace Ketner, and these “harmless” stories display the conflicted emotions of the psyche. Charles Kiernan, LVSG Coordinator, posts an in depth monthly examination of Grimm’s tales, on his Fairy Tale blog. Fairy tales may have been our ancestors answer to psycho therapy, since these stories delve into all the neuroses and abominable behavior of human existence. These stories also guided and counseled our forebears with examples of problem solving and shining virtue.
If you hope to learn more,LVSG story lover member, Chris Ochs, will offer his talk, “Everything You Know About Fairy Tales Is WRONG”, at various Lehigh Valley libraries in March. Check our calendar for times and places. Note: Ochs’ talk is NOT for young children.