So as 80s and 90s children, we remember the fairytales with the lovely princesses who fall in love with their princes and live happily ever after.
The Little Mermaid, an extremely popular and favourited (well, I don’t have to tell you that) fairytale movie made by Disney in 1989 won over the hearts of many youngsters in our childhood. We all wanted to be mermaids. We all wanted the prince and the love and Flounder and Sebastian!
But what you may or may not be aware of, is this was not the original version of “The Little Mermaid”.
And this version was not so….Disney.
There is a full version of the tale on the link that includes pictures.
The Little Mermaid was written by Hans Christian Anderson.
Hans Christian Anderson was an extremely popular and talented writer in the 17th and 18th Century. His originality of his stories is the reason he has been documented for so many years. He wrote many classics you my have heard of and just not realised, such as, The Emperor’s New Suit, The Ugly Duckling, Thumblina and The Princess and The Pea.
And this fits in with Flashback Week perfectly.
What better book to review than one that helped shaped our childhood?
The Complete Fairytales and Stories by Hans Christian Anderson.
What an amazing compilation of tales.
Of course you can read most of these stories on general websites these days, such as,
But we all know these is something about a paperback!
But whether you are buying the book, or reading online,
I think you will love reading these tales.
Whether they bring back amazing childhood memories, or they shock you with how the original stories unravelled, it is worth a read!