Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fairy Tales Are Too Real

That's essentially what parents across the country are beginning to say when it comes to bedtime stories. A new study shows many parents across the country are foregoing the traditional bedtime stories because they believe they are "too real" and therefore "too scary."

The partial list of egregious tales includes Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Disney classics including Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty.

I'm sorry, but when have children become these tiny creatures who should never be exposed to anything remotely out of the comfort zones of the most conservative of parents? Remember your own childhood? The stories, television shows and movies we watched when growing up are nothing in comparison to the types of shows, movies and especially video games out there right now. Is there really any way to justify that Sonic the Hedgehog or Super Mario Brothers are scarier than Call of Duty or Resident Evil? Can a case really be made that Sleeping Beauty is scarier than Twilight? Sure, it's a love story...but it's a love story with a vampire. A vampire. One is a fantastical murderer who destroys lives, families and dreams...the other sleeps for an extended period of time.


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