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Fairy tales

  1. The Mary Sue Interview: Fairy Tale Expert and The Turnip Princess Translator Maria Tatar

    OUAT...

    After over 150 years of being "lost" in an archive, the fairy tales of Franz Xaver von Schönwerth have been translated and curated by folklore expert Maria Tatar into The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: No Thanks, Target

    Did the LEGO Friends put you up to this?

    Anyone know where this sign is and want to turn that apostrophe into a colon?

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  3. Review: Into The Woods Delivers What Fans Want

    Sondheim’s beloved musical retains its dark charms.

    For many, bringing Into the Woods from stage to screen was something they never wanted to see attempted; and yet, the material just seemed too perfect for cinema to resist. When Into the Woods was announced, there was a sense of dread amongst fans, along with the excitement. Was it really a good idea to change Jack's age? Was Meryl Streep a good casting choice, after missing the mark with the music in Mamma Mia? Would a Disney movie actually keep the Wolf’s dark vibe?

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  4. Annie Leibovitz’s Newest Fairy Tale Photoshoot Introduces The World To Puppet-Master Tim Burton

    I've got no strings.

    In celebration of Tim Burton and Amy Adams' collaboration on the upcoming film Big Eyes, Annie Leibovitz has honored the pair in a fairy-tale-themed shoot for Vogue that is much darker than previous installments in the series. Yay!

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  5. First English Edition of the Original Grimm’s Fairy Tales Will Leave in All the Gnarly Parts

    Once upon a disemboweling...

    Most people already know that the, um, colorful stories of the Brothers Grimm would be unrecognizable next to the wholesome characters they've inspired in pop culture. But up until now, English speakers haven't had a translation that captured the full depravity of the Brothers' original work.

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  6. New Into the Woods Featurette Actually Has Some Singing, Plus a Slew of New Pics

    Once more, with feeling.

    As a follow-up to yesterday's Into the Woods Entertainment Weekly covers—fearturing furry!Frank Sinatra Johnny Depp—here are several more pictures from the upcoming fairy tale musical. Oh, and you wanted to hear the singing? Don't say I never did anything for ya:

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  7. Our First Look at Johnny Depp In Into the Woods Is Here, And It’s Ridiculous

    AAAAAAAAHHHHHH!

    Though perhaps it's not too ridiculous, on the scale of Johnny Depp-ness. Still... I'm not sure what to make of this. It's a goddamned fur zoot suit. If you need a palate cleanser, Entertainment Weekly's alternate covers—featuring Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, James Corden, and Mackenzie Mauzy—are behind the jump. We need to talk about Meryl's hair(yl).

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  8. Things We Saw Today: Groot Is Super-Buff In This New Avengers Variant Cover

    All that dancing really paid off.

    DO YOU EVEN BENCH, GROOT? (cover by Francesco Francavilla, via Comic Book Resources' exclusive reveal)

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  9. Neil Gaiman’s New Children’s Book Features Snow White Saving Sleeping Beauty (Feat. Smoochin’)

    Strong. Female. Characters.

    Neil Gaiman continues his streak of standing up for women in genre and just generally being the best by including a same-sex kiss between awesomely-developed characters Sleeping Beauty and Snow White in a new children's book.

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  10. What Once Upon A Time Could (and Should) Be Doing Instead of Frozen

    Oh, OuAT… what happened to you?

    As Once Upon A Time embarks upon its fourth season by introducing the cast of Frozen to the people of Storybrooke, it may be difficult to remember that the show was once, you know, good.

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  11. New Live Action Hansel & Gretel In The Works, Sadly Will NOT Have Jeremy Renner

    But it does have Neil Gaiman, so... fair trade-off.

    Were you hungering (jokes!) for another interpretation of the Brothers Grimm's Hansel and Gretel story? Because you're going to get one, and this time it might actually be a legitimately good film. No, really: Neil Gaiman is involved. It can't get much better than that.

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  12. Zooey Deschanel Is Producing an Animated Fairy Tale Sitcom for Fox

    Olden Lore

    Kristen Wiig Cinderella is looking all judgey-judgey in this pic, but I actually have optimistic feelings about Queen of Everything. I just couldn't resist having her facial expression on The Mary Sue. I feel a very spiritual connection to it.

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  13. Brothers Grimm Project Photos Are Haunting

    Here Be Dragons

    Colorblind German photographer Kilian Schoenberger has created a series of photographs titled "Brothers Grimm Project" where he captures eerie beauty throughout Europe that has the feel of the Grimm fairy tales.  All of Schoenberger's work is gorgeous but this series in particular is completely stunning.

    (via HuffPo)

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  14. Things We Saw Today: Harry Potter Travel Posters

    Things We Saw Today

    As if you didn't want to go to Hogwarts enough already, here's this magical travel poster by Caroline Hadilaksono. Posters for the Quidditch World Cup and the Hogwarts Express can be found on her site.

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  15. Coraline Director Henry Selick Is Doing a Fairy Tale Movie

    DO WANT

    Good news just in time for Halloween: Director Henry Selick, the stop-motion maestro behind Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and James and the Giant Peach, is doing a fairy tale movie! Or, to be more accurate, a movie based on a book based on fairy tales. But don't work yourself into a tizzy quite yet, Claymation fans. Because A Tale Dark & Grimm has one major difference from those other three Selick movies I mentioned: It'll be live-action.

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  16. Watch the Trailer for the New Snow Queen Movie. No, Not Frozen. There’s Another One. [VIDEO]

    Olden Lore

    On the one hand, Snow Queen, by Russian studio Wizart Animation, looks a lot more accurate to the original fairy tale than Disney's Frozen, which bears only a passing resemblance to the Hans Christian Anderson story on which it is ostensibly based. On the other hand, Snow Queen looks bad. Like, direct-to-DVD bad. You win some, you lose some. Also: I see you there, lady pirate. (via: Deadline) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  17. Illustrator Rachael Wise Takes Fairy Tales To A Dark, Dark Place

    Olden Lore

    I always knew fairy tales are much darker than Disney would have you believe, but man, illustrator Rachael Wise takes it to a new level with her series of F***ed Up Tales. I've pulled a few of my favorites to show you, and if you like the shock to your inner child you can see the rest at her Tumblr. Warning: The last pic features nudity (non-sexualized; it's just the Little Mermaid without her Disney-created seashell bra) and some gore. Stop at Snow White if you'd rather not see it. (Thanks, anonymous tipster!)

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  18. Rapunzel, Cinderella, and More Gear Up For Fairy Tale Battle Royale

    Pretty Pretty Princess

    Artist イナ (Google Translate tells me that's "Ina," but… well, it's Google Translate) draws fairy tale characters equipped with weapons to defeat their baddies and (one presumes) each other in her series Fairy Tale Battle Royale. I think we all know why Mulan's not here: She'd win too easily. Hansel and Gretel might prove a challenge, though. Rapunzel not so much. Her hair mace looks awesome, but it'd weigh her down far too much to be of any practical use.

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  19. Things We Saw Today: This Skirt is the Gotham Skyline, Your Argument is Invalid

    Fans Do Cool Things

    Jill doesn't like skirts with this particular profile. I'm just letting you know there's less competition. (Fashionably Geek)

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  20. These Genderswapped Fairy Tales Are Anything But Grimm

    Olden Lore

    Artist Yudi Chen has created this series of genderswapped fairy tale art, and there's not much I can say about it other than it's absolutely freaking awesome. Seriously, they're perfect. Cinderfella! Tarzana! LadyBeast! The Princess rescuing Sleeping Beauty! Rapunzel's beard!

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