Review: The Robber Bridegroom by Brothers Grimm (Penguin Little Black Classic #68)

The Robber Bridegroom - Jacob Grimm

Goodreads summary:

'Then she began to run, and she ran over the sharp stones and through the thorns, and the wild animals bounded past her ...'

Four weird, dark and enchanting fairy-tales from the Brothers Grimm.

Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.

 

My opinion:

There are seven stories in this bindup (so the Goodreads Summary isn't even correct lol): The Master Huntsman, The Robber Bridegroom, The Devil's Three Golden Hairs, The Six Servants, The Bremen Town Band, Snowwhite and Lazy Harry.

 

Honestly I don't even remember what they were all about (I only remember the ones that stood out to me), because I always only remember my favorites really well and I forget about the meh ones.

 

The Six Servants was by far my favorite fairy tale. I loved the moral: you can't do everything alone and you need comrades in your life to fullfill your goals.

 

However, why do these fairy tales have princes' and wedding stuff in it in almost every one of them?! And in most of them they marry just right after they have met or when the prince save her or something like that. I don't think that that it something that children need to learn: if you met a boy and you like him he should be your boyfriend immediately and you should already make wedding plans!! Just, no. I understand those are just fairy tales, but I think if you read those stories at such a young age you would think that that would be the reality when you will be older (and not to mention the cruelity in most of the stories: like killing someone who looks better than you just because you want to be the prettiest. Why?!).

 

I'm still interested in reading the other fairy tales in other bind-ups, but I think that the stories by Grimm won't be my favorite in general.

 

What is your favorite Grimm fairy tale and why?