In celebration of the recent revival of folklore and fairy tales in cinema and literature we explore ten disturbing alternatives to the happily ever afters despite having a lighthearted and somewhat optimistic approach to life there is a certain machiavellian ruthlessness in the methods of this clever cat . Instead they were among the first to set down a rigorous methodology of the collection and research of oral tradition in which copious notes were kept of the speakers the places and times unusually the storytellers very language the dialectal and vernacular words they used was preserved. A brilliant young critic named amanda leduc explores this pernicious power of language in her new book disfigured her focus is fairy tales those make believe stories gathered hundreds of years ago in the forests of france and germany pruned to satisfy the tastes of victorian audiences and finally polished to a high sheen by walt disney
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