Tales vs. Television

My favourite genre of television show is supernatural. That’s probably the most important thing for you to know going in, because in the rare instances I do actually have free time and feel like watching a show, I lean towards the supernatural-themed ones. And, while I don’t have as much time to watch my fave shows anymore, something that I have been thinking about doing for a while is a comparison of the episodes of certain TV shows with the original fairy tale or book associated with each episode/series. This started because I love the NBC’s Grimm, and I do actually have an enormous, tiny-print, older-than-me hardback copy of the original collected tales of the Grimm brothers (thanks Maman!). I figured this would be as good and fun a way as any to actually read a few of them! Hopefully, in time, I will actually start to look at TV adaptations of other books or book series, and I don’t know yet if I will do every episode or just an occasional one as the mood strikes. If there is a particular TV show or episode of one that you would like me to associate with a tale and then have a yarn about, let me know!

Generally, speaking, what I’m going to do is watch the episode, and then I’ll try to figure out which story that episode is based on and read it. In Grimm, for example, this should actually be really easy because each episode opens with a quote from the fairy tale upon which the episode is )sometimes quite loosely!) based. I already know some of the quotes are actually from Hans Christian Anderson tales as well, but fortunately I have a matching hardback volume of those too (really, cheers Maman!).

I’ll then basically consider the similarities and differences, maybe give a short subjective review of the tale or book and the episode separately…. who knows? Is there anything particular you would like to know?

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