13.7.04

How can you choose?

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Cinderella named 'top fairytale'

Now, really. A "top fairytale"? Sadly, the entire list isn't revealed, nor are the voting criteria. In my storytelling class, we've read many different fairytales/folktales. Different versions, different countries, picture books, novelizations, updates, fractured renderings -- and I'll bet that my students couldn't tell you which their favorite was.

Then there's the Disney factor. How many people voted based on their memory of what Disney put on the screen, rather than having read one?

Finally, and this is a pedantic quibble, the article refers to the Perrault version of Cinderella as the one most known. I'd argue that the Brothers Grimm version is equally well known.

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