So, new movie coming out in November called Rise of the Guardians.
As R put it, finally, an original movie! I’m siding with those who basically call it “Avengers for Kids,” but I still think it looks pretty damn awesome. After all, it has a tattooed Russian Santa. Who dual wields sabers or something!
But it does raise some interesting stuff. We really don’t tell our fairy tales much anymore. I mean, I grew up with them, to a certain extent, but not the full set out there. Most kids have seen the Disney stuff, but beyond that they don’t really know the rest of them. And when it gets to the current crop of upcoming youngsters, well, who has need of fairy tales. Parents plop them down with TV and video games, and never pass on the tales of our ancestors. Which means they are shortly to be lost.
Thank Gods we got them written down, so if anyone wises up, we still have them about.
But we still have forgotten what fairy tales were for. Most days, we think of them as some sort of morality play. “If you’re good, this will happen, if you’re evil, this will happen.” But that really misses their original point.
They existed to tell us how to get through life and deal with all the supernatural forces out there. They taught us how to deal with all the different creatures, their weakness, their strengths, and their natures. If you don’t know these things, you can find yourself on the wrong end of a really, really bad deal.
After all, we don’t call them the Fair Folk because they’re fair, but because we wish they were.