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Yes Please: Revamped Fairy Tales

I’ve always had a special place in my heart for fairy tales, and even as an adult I still love the classic stories, especially when being retold in new and interesting ways through movies and tv shows.

Over the past year or so I have been trying to limit the amount of tv that I actually watch, as I realized that I was missing out on life happening around me and had too many shows I was trying to catch up on every week. I don’t even remember why I liked some of them in the first place, but still have a few I will keep watching no matter what.

In the process of eliminating all of the crappy shows, I managed to add a couple to my “must watch” list, one of which is ABC’s Once Upon A Time At first I was skeptical of this new show, as the premise is fairy tales characters who have been displaced into the modern world, and have no memory of their former lives.

Each week, a different tale is featured, and there is always a twist from the classic version. One of my favorite parts of this show is the use of flashback scenes to tell the story. This method helps build the depth of character and show some of my favorite heroes and heroines as much different from how the classic children’s stories portrayed them. Through the retelling of these tales and adding depth to the classic characters, the writers do a great job of connecting why the characters behave certain ways in their new modern world.

I won’t go into too much detail about specific episodes, as I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but I do highly recommend giving the show a chance if, like me, you have a fondness for fairy tales. Some of the episodes can be found here on the show’s website.

In addition to the revamped versions of these classic stories being shown on tv, I am also very excited about an upcoming movie featuring the tale of Snow White in a new light.

So far, the previews for Snow White and the Huntsman look quite promising, and hopefully the movie will live up to the hype I am giving it right now. I’m a little nervous about some of the casting choices, mainly the choice of Kristen Stewart as Snow, but I am confident that I will enjoy it even if the acting is as mediocre as her performance in Twilight.

I’ve already started suggesting to some friends that we should plan on seeing it opening weekend (which is also my birthday weekend), and the responses I’ve received thus far aren’t the greatest. I’ve already decided that if no one wants to see it with me, I’ll just go by myself… something I haven’t done in a few years, but am not opposed to trying again.

While the Disney versions will always hold a special place in my heart and bring back memories of childhood, there is just something so appealing of having a more grown-up version available. I really hope that this trend of creating revamped versions of classic stories continues.

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