Grimm versus Andersen. Which one is your favourite?
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I have always loved many of their fairy tales, whether by one or the others. I must say one thing, though, and that is the fact that Andersen's fairy tales are far more sad than the Grimms', whereas the Grimms' are darker and, in some instances, actually gruesome.
Also, perhaps to be discussed as another topic, what about Russian, French, and Norwegian fairy tales?
Should I pick my very favourites, I would have to vote for the Russians.
Also, it is important to remember that the Grimms collected folk tales and compiled them, they did not WRITE them. Andersen wrote largely original tales--some were based on older tales, but many of his most famous (like The Red Shoes) were not. So comparing the two is unfair.
I did not even suggest to compare the two, far from it! In fact, they are as different as chalk and cheese. I only asked our fellows LThinghers to voice their preference, that is all.
If you read my message carefully, you must have noticed that I also mentioned other countries.
Why leave them out?
One reason I like La Fontaine is that there are so many great variations (Marianne Moore's for example, or the version with illustrations from Marc Chagall, though, of course, much of the fables themselves are adapted from Aesop and others.
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I'll agree that Russian fairy tales are cool and I wish there were more translations around!
I highly recommend taking a look!
I also love the beautiful illustrations from Edmund Dulac
By the way, would anyone care to name off a few titles for me to check out???
But besides that I love both Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. To my they are so different that I can't pick a favourite.
the secret history of moscow and enchantment.
I've got the complete and unabridged works of Anderson, but up until now, I haven't read all the stories in the book, where as the Grimm collection I read from cover to cover.
I preffer Lang's collection though, with his colored fairy tale books, and would like to read more Russian fairy tales.
I thought the Snow Queen was thrilling when I was a child. and with a true and brave heroine. My late mother had a decorative plate "snow maiden", painted by Boris Zworykin that captured the feel of it. Grimm scared me, but was exciting too. I had a copy of "Old Peter's Russian Tales" by Arthur Ransome, bringing a breath of the Russian Steppes, and of course Andrew Lang's Rainbow Books. If I REALLY have to choose, it would be Andersen. i can't resist the sadness