A review by singalana
Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm
adventurous lighthearted reflective slow-paced
- Plot- or character-driven? A mix
- Strong character development? It's complicated
- Loveable characters? It's complicated
- Diverse cast of characters? No
- Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated
As this is a complete collection of fairy tales, it's a very mixed bag. Some of them are witty and funny, and others incredibly repetitive and confusing. And often similar tales follow each other, so basically it's the same story twice.
A modern reader can pick up elements that would nowadays be considered problematic: women are treated as prizes, the ugly and overweight are often presented as evil, and there is some antisemitism as well.
About 15 % of these stories are actually good, 35 % fulfil the need for nostalgia for those who grew up listening to these stories. And the rest… Well, frankly I could have done without.
Minor: Child death, Kidnapping, Abandonment, Alcohol, Animal cruelty, Animal death, Antisemitism, Bullying, Child abuse, Death, Death of parent, Domestic abuse, Fatphobia, Fire/Fire injury, Misogyny, Physical abuse, and Sexism