200 Jahre «Kinder- und Hausmärchen» der Brüder Grimm – Teil 1 und 2
Edited By Claudia Brinker-von der Heyde, Holger Ehrhardt and Hans-Heino Ewers-Uhlmann
Once Upon TV – Telling Tales of the Twenty-First Century: Anika Ullmann
Once Upon TV – Telling Tales of the Twenty-First Century
Within a week in October 2011 two television series started airing on American television: Once Upon a Time (OUAT) and Grimm.1 That fairy tales tend to reflect the cultural and historical background against which they are retold has been established again and again.2 Consequently, these two shows are especially useful as important updates for a contemporary America,3 two hundred years after the first publication of The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. I intend, however, to demonstrate that these shows do more. In Why Fairy Tales Stick Jack Zipes remarks that “[m]ore than ever before in history we have fairy tales about fairy tales.”4 Following this thought I want to argue that both television shows do not only adapt fairy tale material to present us with updated versions of their respective messages, but at times, even more, these series are debating the status of fairy tales themselves in the twenty-first century.
Once Upon a Time
The first season of OUAT is set in the small town of Storybrooke. Viewers know, that the inhabitants of Storybrooke are all characters from fairy tales. They themselves though are not aware who they are. They have lost their memories. A curse has been cast, which transported the fairyland characters form the Enchanted Forest to modern day America. There they live as modern day people with only their names as adjusted remnants of...
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