Move over vampires, dystopian and BDSM, 2015 is the year for fairytales. It seems that our culture is preoccupied with fads, whether that’s in regards to films, books, or music. For years we have suffered the fad of vampires, thanks for that Twilight, then the dystopian future fantasies, *cough cough, Hunger Games, cough cough* followed by the insufferable bondage erotica that E. L. James brought to us with Fifty Shades of Grey.
While at the time, I was a follower of these cult films and books, I look back and cringe. They will always hold a special place in my heart, but honestly would you ever fess up now that you were a Twihard? I don’t think so.
So it seems now that the fairytales that we were told as children are making a reappearance on the big screen. And no, they’re not animated like our Disney classics, sadly. However, its been a slow process. Fairytale adaptations have always been around, for example, Ever After and Ella Enchanted, and lets not forget A Cinderella Story, we haven’t been without a good fairytale rendition for a long time.
In 2012, we were given two very different adaptations of the story of Snow White. Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron gives the story a more heroic spin, casting Snow White as a fighter rather than a victim. The film is rather dark and mystical, but I still don’t understand how they cast Kristen Stewart as the fairest of them all. Sure, she’s pale but really? Charlize Theron as the evil queen saved the film, but I always found myself rooting for her, rather than Snow, which is tad bit awkward. Of course any film is worth watching that has Chris Hemsworth. Swoon.
Then, in the same year we were given Mirror Mirror, starring Lilly Collins and Julia Roberts. This rendition was more humorous and light hearted. Yet again, Snow White is again given a more heroic role, rather than the damsel in distress that she was in the original fairytales.
In 2013, Both Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Jack the Giant Slayer came out. These films were more action based than the original, and the writers twisted the storyline in order to create the new adaption of the tales. Still, the films were pretty bad ass.Source: Once Upon A Time
Of course, there’s also the TV shows of late that are fairytale based as well. Once Upon A Time, its spin off Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, and Grimm are current running programmes, and there’s no doubt that the ratings are high.Source: Cinderella Trailer
So its obvious that fairytale renditions have always been around and well loved, so whats with the influx of them this year? The end of last year, Maleficent and Into the Woods came out and trailers for the new film Cinderella has flooded up our Facebook. Its also been recently announced that Peter Pan will be retold as well, the film titled, Pan.
So, producers have realised they can make big money off recycling our old fairytale stories, so have decided to do more and more of them. I for one have always loved fairytales, and it would be a lie to say that I’m not excited for these renditions. But the truth of it is that it’s starting to get ridiculous and repetitive. Are we going to see them all repeated a second time over, before this trend will end? If they keep shoving these films in our faces were going to get sick of them, and eventually we will hold them the same way we hold Twilight and its descendants; with disdain and embarrassment.