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“Little Red Riding Hood Was My First Love”: Shoutout This Week To Charles Dickens

Little Red Riding Hood meets the wolfOkay so usually my weekly shoutouts are to readers, people who have commented on the blog or written a message or left a voicemail or something. But…

I came across this quote by Charles Dickens today and couldn’t pass it up:

”Little Red Riding Hood was my first love.

I felt that if I could have married Little Red Riding Hood, I should have known perfect bliss.”

His first love! I never thought of a fairy tale character as something that could even qualify for such a prominent position in someone’s life.

But for Charles Dickens, Little Red Riding Hood was someone who could make him the happiest person in the world.

I wish I could talk to him and ask him more about this. What was it about the story of Little Red Riding Hood and her character that connected with him so much he actually considered her his first love??

Sadly, unless I come across something by him where he’s written more on this subject I’ll never know.

If you’ve ever fallen in love with a fairy tale character comment below and tell me about it!

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Random Story Fact: The End Of Little Red Riding Hood

A painting of Little Red Riding Hood carrying a basket with a wolf prowling next to her and sticking his tongue out like he's talking.

In early versions of the story Little Red Riding Hood the wolf eats her and …the story simply ends right there.

No woodcutter swoops in to save her, no outsmarting of the wolf with the help of Grandma, it was a straight up rough lesson for rough times back then.

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The Danger Of The Looming Wolf

(via Visualizeus)

I’ve seen a ton of pictures illustrating the Little Red Riding Hood story lately but this is one of my favorites so far.

I love how the artist articulated the wolf looming in the woods, the danger he poses is everywhere and nowhere at once. Also love how Little Red Riding Hood is skipping into the woods with pigtails up, not a care in the world …yet.

It’s interesting to think that some of the oldest versions of this story didn’t include the happy ending that we’re all so familiar with. In those old versions after Little Red Riding Hood is eaten by the wolf there is no nearby woodcutter to come and rescue her nor is she able to outsmart the wolf and run away.

Instead the wolf eats her and…that’s it, that’s the end. A harsh story for what was often a very harsh world back then. But as the world changed so did the story and the danger of the looming wolf was transformed along with it.