The Grimms were fascinated with folklore, so they devoted their lives to collecting these stories. They werenít the only ones, and they werenít even the most popular at the time, but they are the ones that have become the most well-known. Real fairy tales are horrid and gruesome and sexual. The zombie movies of today "want to be fairy tales when they grow up." If you go read these original tales, youíll be shocked at the differences from current versions. Kenny mentioned that you need to remember that in all but one of these fairy tales. there never were "step-mothers." In every tale except for Cinderella, it was really the mother that did the horrible things that were blamed on a step-mother. Take Snow White for example. Snow White is a tale that contains a lot of traditional fairy lore elements, especially in the origins of Snow White. There are a few different versions on how Snow White came to be, but in all of them, you end up with a 9-year-old girl who is so beautiful that she enchants anyone who is anywhere near her. The queen (her mother) is full of jealousy and sends a huntsman to kill this child. Of course, as we all know, the child is so beautiful that the huntsman canít kill her even though he knows that his own life will be forfeited when the queen finds out. This leaves Snow White alone in the forest where she ends up at the home of the dwarves. Now, you need to know that no one lives in the forest. Thatís the scary place in the wild so only crazy people, witches, and people like that live in the forest. Snow White lives with these seven men, cooking, cleaning, and living essentially as their wife, at 9 years old. Of course, as you know, there is more to the story, but for now weíre going to skip on over to Little Red Riding Hood.