Modern and Traditional Fairy Tales

ONCE upon a time people told coming of age stories, tales about morality and living happily ever after. These folktales changed over time, depending on who told them and where they were told. Eventually they were written down and since then they have been passed on to children of all ages. This site is designed to explore the reasoning behind why authors chose to retell the stories in a particular fashion.

To aid the user in understanding the motives behind these retellings, and consequently the underwritten meanings of the tales, brief biographies of the authors have been included. Please take a moment to read these; they will provide you with a more in-depth understanding of the stories you are about to read.


What is This Site About?

Works Cited


Charles Perrault

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Louise Glück

Tanith Lee


Angela Carter

John Ower (Information not yet Available)




Adaptations on "Little Red Riding Hood"

The Story of Grandmother - Author Unknown

Little Red Riding Hood - Charles Perrault 

Little Red Cap - Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Excerpt from "The Company of Wolves - Angela Carter

Comparison of all four renditions




Adaptations on Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel - Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

The Gingerbread House - John Ower

Gretel in Darkness - Louise Glück


Adaptations on Cinderella

Cinderella - Charles Perrault

Cinderella - Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

When The Clock Strikes - Tanith Lee

Comparision of all three renditions


See Your Fairy Tale on this Site!!! Email different versions of well known tales and see them posted on this site.

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Click on the fairy or unicorn at the bottom of each page to go back to the previous document.



Angel Fernandez, 2003