Fairy-Tale Files, published once weekly, feature three variations of a fairy tale chosen by one of Fairy Tale Review’s editors.
The famous story (legend or pure fairy tale) of the Pied Piper involves a man who promises to rid a German town of its rat problem, only to end up stealing all the children after not being paid.
Leave it to the long-defunct Spice Girls to incorporate the Pied Piper myth into the music video for their 1998 song “Viva Forever.”
The recent HBO show Silicon Valley is centered around a fictional start-up company called Pied Piper, and the show has even made a number of references to the rather dubious decision for a business to be named after a man who kidnaps children.
This edition of Fairy-Tale Files is brought to you by Fairy Tale Review Prose Editor Joel Hans.