Do you ever get freaked out when you hear the background of kids stories?

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?


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  • Parents used these stories to scare kids about some perceived dangers.

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