@ obisgirl ;; In the original telling of ‘The Little Mermaid’ – the mermaid doesn’t get her prince either. He falls in love with someone else & I’m pretty sure the mermaid in her grief plunges herself off a cliff into the ocean & drowns ( I’m not sure – point being, in her grief – she commits suicide. ) Not exactly a happily ever after.
// As for my own favorite fairy tale – it would probably have to be a tie between Beauty & the Beast & The Princess & the Pea.
Apparently the whole motif of seeing what lies beyond the outer appearance is something I find very appealing in fairy tales – which why I love Beauty & the Beast. Princess & the Pea on the other hand – is rather amusing in the way it’s written – which is why I love it. The double-meanings are rather hilarious; in my opinion.
( I also have a fond spot for ‘Alice in Wonderland’ , ‘The Wizard of Oz’ & ‘The Magic Flute’ – but those are all either well known children books; or in the case of ‘The Magic Flute’ – an opera. So it doesn’t really fit. )