Fairy-Tale Files, published once weekly, feature three variations of a fairy tale chosen by one of Fairy Tale Review’s editors.
Differing interpretations of “The Three Little Pigs” abound. A website called Church House Collection connects biblical scripture with the story. Take Matthew 7:15, for example: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves,” which was linked to the Big Bad Wolf appearing at the door of pig number two. Additional comparisons flourish.
Controversy surrounds religion in today’s society. It accompanies fairy tales as well. On the wings of a wand and five words, this billboard equates one institution with the other. No statement from the sign’s font, though a picture is worth a thousand blurbs.
Both The Bible and The Brothers Grimm: The Complete Grimm Fairy Tales were banned at one point. Among the characteristics they share in common, other than their use of violence, are moments of disbelief. Somewhere, Rapunzel is leading a revival while Goliath charges admission. Seating is limited, though viewable by the hair of one’s chinny chin chin.
This edition of Fairy-Tale Files is brought to you by Fairy Tale Review intern Kelsey Blackman and poetry editor Jon Riccio.