Fairy tales are not for children


Go out in the woods, go out.
If you don’t go out in the woods nothing will ever happen.
And your life will never begin.
(from The wolf’s eyelash by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, 1970)

Little Red Riding Hood by DiaOctopusLittle Red Riding Hood by DiaOctopus

“Let’s start from here: fables were meant for adults, not for children. In fact, they were very rough, also ironic and, above all, moralistic, stories that adults told other adults to admonish them”.

“Just think about Tale of Tales by Matteo Garrone“. The Oscar nominated movie is inspired by a collection of 50 tales, recounted by 10 female tellers in 5 days, in which they struck the various human vices, from hypocrisy to gloom, representing them in a hyperbolic and grotesque style. They were written in neapolitan dialect between 1634 and 1636 by Giambattista Basile who, together with Charles Perrault (France) and the Grimm brothers (Germany), was…

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