I think I speak for adults everywhere when I say that I don’t get enough sleep. Aside from being a busy person, I’ve had recurrent insomnia since I was eight years old, and I’m a proud night owl. This means that my best writing happens between 9:00 pm and 3:00 am, which does absolutely nothing for my already terrible sleeping genes.
Coming from that context, I really don’t think a 100-year sleeping curse sounds that bad. Especially if all your loved ones are snoozing alongside you and everybody stays young, why not embrace a little beauty sleep? Still though, the concept of a ravishing princess frozen in time in her castle is such a captivating portrait that I understand why her story is so timeless IRL.
I’m a HUGE fan of Sleeping Beauty, both the fairy tale and the movie adaptation that’s oh so familiar. This story makes my top ten list of fairy tales, but you might not know . . . the original Sleeping Beauty is dark. And extremely icky in every sense of the word.
“Little Brier-Rose” may be darker than Disney, but it’s among the tamest of the Grimms’ collection and heavily inspired the movie. We all know how it starts: a king and queen throw a grand birthday party for their long-awaited princess. And one slighted fairy gets left off the guest list.