Top Ten Tuesday #34: Favourite Childhood Fairytales

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Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (July 2nd, 2019) topic is:  Childhood favorites but we decided to change it up and do Favorite Childhood Fairy Tales.

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I grew up on fairytales big time.  My mom always had the Andrew Lang Colored fairy books around and I usually picked tales from the Blue Fairy Book and the Pink Fairy Book.  I was also very obsessed with Grimm Brothers as a child because I’ve always been a horror fiend, even as a little kid.

This has always been probably my favorite fairy tale.  It probably had to do with the fact that I was terrified of this 30 min 80s cartoon when I was little, so I became fascinated with the tale overall. You can see my childhood trauma cartoon HERE – Look it’s scary when he sings his forest song  – stop judging me!

Grimms Brothers Cinderella 
This is not your Disney version! This is bloody as hell and I love it! My favorite part was always when the stepsisters started chopping off parts of their feet to fit into the glass slipper.  My kind of gals.

This fairytale packs one hell of a punch.  I really wish we could get some retellings of it.  I feel like publishers think only a handful of fairytales will ever sell, so we never get anything outside of them (I’m looking at you Beauty and the Beast).

The Princess in the Chest
This was always my mom’s favorite, so it was one I was read a lot to as a kid.  I always loved it.  I treasure it even more now that she is no longer here.

The Little Mermaid
This is where I discovered that fairytales were depressing and mean LOL I mean Hans Christensen was a very depressing storyteller.  I feel like all his tales end in death or unhappiness.  I still kind of dig the the tale though – I love to hate it I think.

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The Pied Piper
I think I always loved this story because of the music aspect but now thinking back it is a gruesome story.

Now, who doesn’t love this one?

Sleeping Beauty
This was always one of my favourite because of the DRAGON!!!

The Princess and the Pea
This one is such fun and less gruesome than others on our list.

Hansel and Gretel
I think I might have been fascinated by the candy house when I was young, minus the witch that wants to eat you.

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What were your favourite Fairy Tales growing up? Let us know in the comments!

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51 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #34: Favourite Childhood Fairytales

  1. Great list! Yes, I love Rumpelstiltskin – it’s always been my favourite. 😁 I loved Rapunzel and Diamonds and Toads when I was little, too. Have you read The Bloody Chamber? You should check it out if you’re after a Bluebeard retelling.

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    1. No! But I totally just added it to my TBR! I def will check that out, thank you! Rapunzel is great too! I am not sure if I have read Diamonds and Toads or not. I have read so many and sometimes I forget the lesser known ones names lol There are so many good ones that most people haven’t read out there!

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      1. I was just coming to recommend The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter! Shoulda known someone else would love it as much as me!


  2. I read a lot of old fairy tales when I was a child too. I distinctly remember checking out the old books from the library and loving how the old books smelled. The Little Mermaid is heartbreaking. I read it many times even though it made me feel sad. My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

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      1. Yes, old book smell is the best! I hope you get to read Beauty and the Beast someday. The version I have is in a collection by Perrault.


  3. I remember picking out the various Andrew Lang books from my elementary school library–fairy tales and greek mythology, I couldn’t get enough at that age. Favorite fairy tale was probably The Snow Queen–because yay for young girls with agency going on adventures. Since I grew up in America, but my family is from Russia, I had two sets of popular adaptations to work from. The Snow Queen was way more well known in Russia, and I loved two movies about it as a kid.


  4. I’ve heard all those stories at one time or another but I don’t remember them coming from a particular book. So many great novels are coming out of the re-telling of these stories.

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  5. I loved all of these, and was a voracious consumer of fairy tales as a child (bearing in mind I was about 8/9 when Disney’s A Little Mermaid came out, so there weren’t so many Disney versions to ruin the actual stories for me!) I loved the really gruesome stories but my favourites were the sad ones – A Little Mermaid & The Little Match Girl. I adore fairy-tale retelling now as well, especially if they capture the true darkness of the original stories.

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  6. ahh, this post gave me so much nostalgia. I had a fairy tale phase back in the day wherein I researched literally every fairy tale I could find, and it was so fascinating to learn about the true haunting nature of fairy tales. i remember that one of the first books i was gifted was Rumpelstiltskin and I still remember what the book looked like to this day! and the grimm brothers version of cinderella is so beautiful and I love it hahaha

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