When I was studying 20th century literature at York University I was surprised to hear the many back stories to children's tales. How the authors were inspired, or the original stories they derived from are darker then I had anticipated. Little Red Riding Hood is eaten by the wolf and children die from scary old ladies cooking them in stoves. What are some back stories that surprised you?
Do you ever get freaked out when you hear the background of kids stories?
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Parents used these stories to scare kids about some perceived dangers.0
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