Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland
A book I'm working on is set in this town.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Charles Perrault was not immune...

Today was Charles Perrault's birthday, so I stole this from Wikipedia:

(He) was a French author and member of the Académie Française. He laid the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, with his works derived from pre-existing folk tales. The best known of his tales include Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Riding Hood),Cendrillon (Cinderella), Le Chat Botté (Puss in Boots), La Belle au bois Dormant(The Sleeping Beauty), and Barbe Bleue (Bluebeard).[1] Some of Perrault's versions of old stories may have influenced the German versions published by the Brothers Grimm more than 100 years later. The stories continue to be printed and have been adapted to opera, ballet (such as Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty), theatre, and film. Perrault was an influential figure in the 17th-century French literary scene, and was the leader of the Modern faction during the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns.
Turns out the classic fairy tales we know today -- Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, Little Red Riding Hood, and the like -- were trashed by the classicists of his time, even though they were hugely popular. This came after he lost his job in the King's Court. Lost his income as a writer. And he even had his work rewritten by others (Brothers Grimm, I'm talking to you).

He's like the precursor for today's screenwriters.

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