We have every right and should adapt tales because society changes. But the Grimms would flip over if they were alive today. They were better known during their time as scholarly writers; they were in the pursuit of the essence of story telling. By collecting different versions of every tale they published, they hoped to resuscitate the linguistic cultural tradition that keeps people together—stories that were shared with the common people.
—Jack Zipes, fairy tale scholar
Read his full interview about fairy tale adaptations with Smithsonian Magazine’s Reel Culture blog
[Illustrations: Hansel and Gretel: Kay Rasmus Nielsen / Little Red Riding Hood: Walter Crane]