Friday, 23 July 2010

Friday is for Fairytales: Sleeping Beauty

Friday is for Fairytales is a meme hosted by Irena (me) at This Miss loves to Read. Every Friday, you can choose a fairytale you love, or simply find interesting or haunting, and review it or simply say why you like it so much, or why it has captured your attention. Instead of a fairytale, you can choose a favourite fairytale character and describe him/her and tell us why you like them, or you can simply share an experience connected to a fairytale. Fairytales can be old and modern, written by a known author or anonymous, written down or passed on orally, short or in novel form (like re-writings of fairytales), international or typical for your country alone. In this case, present your country’s fairytale and we can all become acquainted with a new fairytale. So, make a post every Friday that is connected to the world of fairytales, be it a review, a character description or your own fairytale experience. Let’s celebrate fairytales and share our love for them.

MY POST IS ABOUT: "Sleeping Beauty" by the brothers Grimm

“Sleeping Beauty” is my all-time favourite fairy-tale by the Grimm brothers. I just love their version. I love this fairy-tale because of the magical elements that are included into it. The fairy godmothers, the evil witch queen, a spinning wheel that puts you to eternal sleep unless you’re saved by the kiss of a prince: what’s not to love? I have two “Sleeping Beauty” books at home, and both have wonderful illustrations, which enhance the appeal of the story in my eyes. I and my sister used to play that we were characters from “Sleeping Beauty”. Sometimes I was the prince, and she was the princess, or vice versa, and we would enact the story dramatically. Of course, we kissed each other on the cheek, not on the lips.;) But that was so much fun and every time someone entered our room while we were playing “Sleeping Beauty”, we would get all upset for being disturbed and we would shove the intruders (usually mom or dad, or both) out of the room.

So, many nice memories are attached to this fairy-tale. But this is also a very lovely, very romantic story that can please any girl who’s a dreamer. I just love the idea of a girl being saved from eternal sleep with a kiss. The idea of a true love’s kiss is so beautiful and romantic, and the dreamer in me just can’t resist. So, basically, I guess I love “Sleeping Beauty” because it’s so romantic.

My favourite illustration related to “Sleeping Beauty” is this one:

It is absolutely wonderful and the princess looks so beautiful and serene. It's from the Disney version of "Sleeping Beauty".

What did YOU choose to write about on this Friday reserved for fairy-tales?


Jan von Harz said...

I just finished A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn which is a modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I loved the book. I have been thinking of working on this post for a while and Sleeping Beauty would be the one I chose too because I once actually played Sleeping Beauty in a play. I really do enjoy reading your post.

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

Thanks, Jan! Oh, I have to check out that book.
Also, it's so cool that you got to be Sleeping Beauty in a play!
You are welcome to write a post.

The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

I love that picture; Aurora is my favorite Disney princess! My sister and I didn't play "Sleeping Beauty" although we did have Prince Philip swords (they had either his picture or Sleeping Beauty on them) and we liked to play with those.

Leah said...

I love this meme! I will have to get out my copy of Aesop's Fables and Grimm's Fairy Tales and get ready for next week!

I have to be honest, I have never seen the Disney version nor read Sleeping Beauty. I must have been a deprived child.

Enbrethiliel said...


Oh, I love the symbol of waking someone with a kiss! (And my cousin and I used to play "Sleeping Beauty," too--also with kisses on the cheek. ;-) LOL!)

I wish I had heard of this meme sooner, so I could have done it this week. I'll certainly have something prepared next week, Irena. =)

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

Bookworm: I know, it's such a lovely picture and Aurora is, indeed, a great princess.

Leah: Seriously deprived child, hehe. No, kidding. But I do recommend the Disney version.

Enbrethiliel: Yay, I can't wait for your post next week! And it's cute you played Sleeping Beauty with your cousin, too!

Sa Toya said...

Lurve this meme and great pick.I love this one too and the Grimms' version is also my fave.

Disney's version wasn't to bad either!

Julie P said...

I just downloaded Grimm's Fairy Tales onto my Nook. I will try to participate in this next Friday!

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Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

Sa Toya: Thanks! And yes, the Grimms could make anything so good!:)

Julie: Oh, so cool! I hope you enjoy reading them. If you participate next Friday, I'm looking forward to your post!