A while back I listened to the very intriguing episode of “What Big Teeth You Have…” on BBC’s Archive on 4 program. The show documented the history of the German fairy tales we know today as the tales of the Brothers Grimm. Why are the original stories so dark? What are their underlying meanings? How did the stories we tell to our children today become more sanitized? And what interested did Nazi Germany have in fairy tales? The episode goes into the interesting background of all these topics. Of particular interest to me were the clips of narrators reading different stories. Listening to it with headphones on, they certainly gave you a chill down the spine! I wouldn’t recommend this program to children but if you’re interested in taking a closer look a the popular tales we tell, I think you’ll find this fascinating.
A History of Fairy Tales