History Literature / RevoltingRhymes

29th Feb '16 4:53:01 PM Ciara25
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** The narrator sees Goldilocks as this in the traditional version of the tale, so he subverts it by having [[spoiler:the bears eat Goldilocks]]. Within these versions of the tales, the Prince in ''Cinderella'' and Little Red Riding Hood in ''The Three Little Pigs'' also qualify.

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** The narrator sees Goldilocks as this in the traditional version of the tale, so he subverts it by having [[spoiler:the bears eat Goldilocks]]. Within these versions of the tales, the Prince in ''Cinderella'' and Little Red Riding Hood in ''The Three Little Pigs'' also qualify. Snow White's stepmother doesn't get any comeuppance that we can see, save that she's lost her magic mirror.
3rd Aug '15 12:16:29 PM AndIntroducingALeg
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Somehow, the Prince calling Cinderella a "dirty slut" escaped the radar. There are many more examples, such as this one from ''Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'' talking about the king advertising for a new wife:

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Somehow, the Prince calling Cinderella a "dirty slut" escaped the radar.radar[[note]]''Possibly'' a case of HaveAGayOldTime, because "slut" used to mean a messy, slovenly woman. It's unlikely in the early 1980s, though[[/note]]. There are many more examples, such as this one from ''Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'' talking about the king advertising for a new wife:
20th Jun '15 4:22:07 PM mlsmithca
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: The Ugly Sisters are this to the Prince.
* AbusiveParents: Jack's {{Jerkass}} mother spends most of the story telling Jack he's a useless idiot and beats him after he sells the cow for a magic bean. [[spoiler:She ends up getting [[JustDesserts eaten by the giant]].]]



* AbhorrentAdmirer: The Ugly Sisters are this to the Prince.
* AbusiveParents: Jack's {{Jerkass}} mother spends most of the story telling Jack he's a useless idiot and beats him after he sells the cow for a magic bean. [[spoiler:She ends up getting [[JustDesserts eaten by the giant]].]]

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: The Ugly Sisters are this to the Prince.
* AbusiveParents: Jack's {{Jerkass}} mother spends most
TheBigBadWolf: We get two of the story telling Jack he's a useless idiot them! One in ''Little Red Riding Hood'', one in ''The Three Little Pigs''. [[spoiler:Little Red Riding Hood kills both of them and beats him after he sells the cow takes their skins for a magic bean. [[spoiler:She ends up getting [[JustDesserts eaten by the giant]].]] coats.]]



* {{Delinquent}}: Goldilocks is depicted as a foul-mouthed {{Spoiled Brat}} who breaks into the bears' house, eats all their porridge, feels no remorse for breaking the Baby Bear's chair and messes up the bears' bedsheets with all the muck underneath her shoes.

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* {{Delinquent}}: Goldilocks is depicted as a foul-mouthed {{Spoiled Brat}} SpoiledBrat who breaks into the bears' house, eats all their porridge, feels no remorse for breaking the Baby Bear's chair chair, and messes up the bears' bedsheets with all the muck underneath her shoes.



* ''{{Literature/Cinderella}}'': [[spoiler: The Prince is a psycho who loves chopping off heads, so after he kills her step-sisters Cinderella wishes to avoid marrying him and instead winds up marrying a nice greengrocer instead.]]
* ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'': [[spoiler: Jack never takes anything from the giant, only golden leaves from the top of the beanstalk. His foolish, greedy, dirty mother goes to rob the giant and gets eaten. Jack takes a bath and harvests more leaves, living happily ever after.]]
* ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'': [[spoiler: The dwarves are all gambling addicts and they end up using the magic mirror to be able to win every bet they make in the future.]]
* ''{{Literature/Goldilocks}}'': [[spoiler: Goldilocks is a dirty, vile little brat who ends up being eaten by the bears.]]
* ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'': [[spoiler: The titular girl is a fur-loving BadAss who shoots the wolf dead and skins him to make a coat.]]
* ''Literature/TheThreeLittlePigs'': [[spoiler: When the wolf threatens to blow up the third pig's house, he calls Red Riding Hood to kill the wolf. She does, and then she murders the third pig to turn his skin into a carry-case.]]

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* ** ''{{Literature/Cinderella}}'': [[spoiler: The Prince is a psycho who loves chopping off heads, so after he kills her step-sisters Cinderella wishes to avoid marrying him and instead winds up marrying a nice greengrocer instead.]]
* ** ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'': [[spoiler: Jack never takes anything from the giant, only golden leaves from the top of the beanstalk. His foolish, greedy, dirty mother goes to rob the giant and gets eaten. Jack takes a bath so the giant can't "smell the blood of an Englishman" and harvests more leaves, living happily ever after.]]
* ** ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'': [[spoiler: The dwarves are all gambling addicts and they end up using the magic mirror to be able to win every bet they make in the future.]]
* ** ''{{Literature/Goldilocks}}'': [[spoiler: Goldilocks is a dirty, vile little brat who ends up being eaten by the bears.]]
* ** ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'': [[spoiler: The titular girl is a fur-loving BadAss who shoots the wolf dead and skins him to make a coat.]]
* ** ''Literature/TheThreeLittlePigs'': [[spoiler: When the wolf threatens to blow up the third pig's house, he calls Red Riding Hood to kill the wolf. She does, and then she murders the third pig to turn his skin into a carry-case.]]



-->''The king said with a shifty smile''
-->''[[DoubleEntendre I'd like to give each one a trial.]]''

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-->''The -->The king said with a shifty smile''
-->''[[DoubleEntendre
smile\\
[[DoubleEntendre
I'd like to give each one a trial.]]'']]



* KarmaHoudini: The narrator sees Goldilocks as this in the traditional version of the tale, so he subverts it by having [[spoiler:the bears eat Goldilocks]]. Within these versions of the tales, the Prince in ''Cinderella'' and Little Red Riding Hood in ''The Three Little Pigs'' also qualify.

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* KarmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini:
**
The narrator sees Goldilocks as this in the traditional version of the tale, so he subverts it by having [[spoiler:the bears eat Goldilocks]]. Within these versions of the tales, the Prince in ''Cinderella'' and Little Red Riding Hood in ''The Three Little Pigs'' also qualify.



-->''The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.''
-->''She whips a pistol from her knickers.''
-->''She aims it at the creature's head''
-->''And bang bang bang she shoots him dead.''

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-->''The -->The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.''
-->''She
\\
She
whips a pistol from her knickers.''
-->''She
\\
She
aims it at the creature's head''
-->''And
head\\
And
bang bang bang she shoots him dead.''



-->''The Seven Dwarves, though very nice''
-->''Were gripped with one quite shocking vice:''
-->''They squandered all of their resources''
-->''At the racetrack, backing horses.''
-->''And when they hadn't backed a winner''
-->''None of them got any dinner.''

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-->''The -->The Seven Dwarves, though very nice''
-->''Were
nice\\
Were
gripped with one quite shocking vice:''
-->''They
vice:\\
They
squandered all of their resources''
-->''At
resources\\
At
the racetrack, backing horses.''
-->''And
\\
And
when they hadn't backed a winner''
-->''None
winner\\
None
of them got any dinner.''



--> ''Poor Cindy's heart was torn to shreds. ''
--> ''My prince! she thought. He chops off heads!''
* SpoofAesop: In ''Jack and the Beanstalk'', Jack bathes so the giant is unable to smell him when he climbs the beanstalk to pick all the solid gold leaves on the top. Jack resolves to have a bath every day from then on.

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--> ''Poor -->Poor Cindy's heart was torn to shreds. ''
--> ''My
shreds.\\
My
prince! she thought. He chops off heads!''
heads!
* SpoofAesop: SpoofAesop:
**
In ''Jack and the Beanstalk'', Jack bathes so the giant is unable to smell him when he climbs the beanstalk to pick all the solid gold leaves on the top. Jack resolves to have a bath every day from then on.



* TheBigBadWolf: We get two of them!
* TooDumbToLive: The first little pig is described as this for being foolish enough to build his house out of straw.

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* TheBigBadWolf: We get two of them!
* TooDumbToLive:
TooDumbToLive:
**
The first little pig is described as this for being foolish enough to build his house out of straw.



* WrongGenreSavvy: One of the Ugly Sisters seems GenreSavvy at first, by swapping Cinderella's glass slipper with her own shoe. However, as she's in a FracturedFairyTale, this doesn't end well for her. The slipper fits, but rather than face the prospect of marrying her, the Prince [[spoiler:chops off her head there and then]].
** {{The Big Bad Wolf}} in ''Little Red Riding Hood'' again seems genre savvy at first. He doesn't even meet Red Riding Hood before he goes to Grandma's house, but knows she'll turn up eventually. The story then follows traditionally with the Wolf dressing up as Grandma and Red Riding Hood saying, "What great big eyes you have Grandma?" and the Wolf replying, "All the better to see you with." But then Red Riding Hood says, "But Grandma, what a lovely great big furry coat you have on." The Wolf replies, "That's wrong! Have you forgot to tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?". He says he'll eat her anyway, but it turns out she's a good shot with a gun.

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* WrongGenreSavvy: WrongGenreSavvy:
**
One of the Ugly Sisters seems GenreSavvy at first, by swapping Cinderella's glass slipper with her own shoe. However, as she's in a FracturedFairyTale, this doesn't end well for her. The slipper fits, but rather than face the prospect of marrying her, the Prince [[spoiler:chops off her head there and then]].
** {{The Big Bad Wolf}} TheBigBadWolf in ''Little Red Riding Hood'' again seems genre savvy at first. He doesn't even meet Red Riding Hood before he goes to Grandma's house, but knows she'll turn up eventually. The story then follows traditionally with the Wolf dressing up as Grandma and Red Riding Hood saying, "What great big eyes you have Grandma?" and the Wolf replying, "All the better to see you with." But then Red Riding Hood says, "But Grandma, what a lovely great big furry coat you have on." The Wolf replies, "That's wrong! Have you forgot to tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?". He says he'll eat her anyway, but it turns out she's a good shot with a gun.
15th Feb '15 9:28:10 PM WanderingBrowser
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* FracturedFairytale

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* FracturedFairytaleFracturedFairytale: All six of them.
* ''{{Literature/Cinderella}}'': [[spoiler: The Prince is a psycho who loves chopping off heads, so after he kills her step-sisters Cinderella wishes to avoid marrying him and instead winds up marrying a nice greengrocer instead.]]
* ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'': [[spoiler: Jack never takes anything from the giant, only golden leaves from the top of the beanstalk. His foolish, greedy, dirty mother goes to rob the giant and gets eaten. Jack takes a bath and harvests more leaves, living happily ever after.]]
* ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'': [[spoiler: The dwarves are all gambling addicts and they end up using the magic mirror to be able to win every bet they make in the future.]]
* ''{{Literature/Goldilocks}}'': [[spoiler: Goldilocks is a dirty, vile little brat who ends up being eaten by the bears.]]
* ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood'': [[spoiler: The titular girl is a fur-loving BadAss who shoots the wolf dead and skins him to make a coat.]]
* ''Literature/TheThreeLittlePigs'': [[spoiler: When the wolf threatens to blow up the third pig's house, he calls Red Riding Hood to kill the wolf. She does, and then she murders the third pig to turn his skin into a carry-case.]]
29th Jan '15 11:23:25 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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* SpoofAesop: In ''Jack and the Beanstalk'', Jack bathes so the giant is unable to smell him when he climbs the beanstalk to pick all the solid gold leaves on the top. Jack resolves to have a bath every day from then on.

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* SpoofAesop: In ''Jack and the Beanstalk'', Jack bathes so the giant is unable to smell him when he climbs the beanstalk to pick all the solid gold leaves on the top. Jack resolves to have a bath every day from then on. on.
** The lesson we learn from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" is that gambling's ''not'' a sin, provided that you always win.
13th Jul '14 5:50:53 AM LordGro
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A collection of six traditional fairy tales re-written as comedic poems by {{Creator/Roald Dahl}}, and first published in 1982. These versions of the tales subvert many of the expected endings, and like most of Dahl's work, they are full of {{Black Comedy}}.

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A collection of six traditional fairy tales re-written as comedic poems by {{Creator/Roald Dahl}}, Creator/RoaldDahl, and first published in 1982. These versions of the tales subvert many of the expected endings, and like most of Dahl's work, they are full of {{Black Comedy}}.BlackComedy.



* ''{{Literature/Jack And The Beanstalk}}''
* ''{{Literature/Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs}}''

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* ''{{Literature/Jack And The Beanstalk}}''
''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk''
* ''{{Literature/Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs}}''''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''



* ''{{Literature/Little Red Riding Hood}}''
* ''{{Literature/The Three Little Pigs}}''

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* ''{{Literature/Little Red Riding Hood}}''
''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood''
* ''{{Literature/The Three Little Pigs}}''
''Literature/TheThreeLittlePigs''



* AbusiveParents: Jack's {{Jerkass}} mother spends most of the story telling Jack he's a useless idiot and beats him after he sells the cow for a magic bean. [[spoiler:She ends up getting [[JustDeserts eaten by the giant]].]]

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* AbusiveParents: Jack's {{Jerkass}} mother spends most of the story telling Jack he's a useless idiot and beats him after he sells the cow for a magic bean. [[spoiler:She ends up getting [[JustDeserts [[JustDesserts eaten by the giant]].]]
4th May '14 1:46:01 PM Sapphirea2
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He later wrote a similar collection of poems re-writing fairy tales, called ''Rhyme Stew''.

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He later wrote a similar collection of poems re-writing fairy tales, called ''Rhyme Stew''. Stew'' was a 1989 SpiritualSuccessor: Most of its poems are, again, fable and fairy tale retellings ("Dick Whittington and His Cat", "The Emperor's New Clothes", etc.), but it's aimed at a slightly older audience (i.e. teens) and as such is a much bawdier work.
22nd Feb '14 12:10:51 PM AndIntroducingALeg
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* MrViceGuy: Seven Mr Vice Guys, to be precise:
-->''The Seven Dwarves, though very nice''
-->''Were gripped with one quite shocking vice:''
-->''They squandered all of their resources''
-->''At the racetrack, backing horses.''
-->''And when they hadn't backed a winner''
-->''None of them got any dinner.''
10th Mar '13 11:53:43 PM Xtifr
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Added DiffLines:

A collection of six traditional fairy tales re-written as comedic poems by {{Creator/Roald Dahl}}, and first published in 1982. These versions of the tales subvert many of the expected endings, and like most of Dahl's work, they are full of {{Black Comedy}}.

The six fairy tales re-written are:
* ''{{Literature/Cinderella}}''
* ''{{Literature/Jack And The Beanstalk}}''
* ''{{Literature/Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs}}''
* ''{{Literature/Goldilocks}}''
* ''{{Literature/Little Red Riding Hood}}''
* ''{{Literature/The Three Little Pigs}}''

He later wrote a similar collection of poems re-writing fairy tales, called ''Rhyme Stew''.
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!!! ''Revolting Rhymes'' contains examples of:
* AdaptationDyeJob: The original Quentin Blake illustrations depict Snow White as blonde, which breaks from the traditional "hair as black as ebony".
* AdaptationExpansion: In 1995 a TV movie adaptation of this version of ''Little Red Riding Hood'' was made, starring Julie Walters as [[ActingForTwo Red Riding Hood and her Grandma]], and Danny [=DeVito=] as the voice of the Wolf. The narrator was Ian Holm as a Minpin, which is not in the book but it a ShoutOut to one of Roald Dahl's other novels ''The Minpins''. Some scenes were added of Red Riding Hood inheriting money from her grandmother and the character of the Grandma herself was expanded to be a rough, drunken old hag. While in the book the wolf eats her in "one big bite", here there is a scene of him trying to eat her and getting beaten up and even at some points chased by her, although he manages to eat her by the end of the scene. There are also some ''creepy'' dream-like scenes with anthropomorphised animals that have nothing to do with the main plot. Danny [=DeVito=] loved playing the part of the Wolf and would later go on to adapt one of Roald Dahl's other novels ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' into [[Film/{{Matilda}} a feature length film]].
* AbhorrentAdmirer: The Ugly Sisters are this to the Prince.
* AbusiveParents: Jack's {{Jerkass}} mother spends most of the story telling Jack he's a useless idiot and beats him after he sells the cow for a magic bean. [[spoiler:She ends up getting [[JustDeserts eaten by the giant]].]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Red Riding Hood [[spoiler:as she kills the third little pig for seemingly no other reason than she fancied owning a pigskin travelling case. It might be more accurate to say she's a bitch in wolf's clothing (and a pigskin travelling case) as by she end she wears two wolfskin coats]].
* {{Delinquent}}: Goldilocks is depicted as a foul-mouthed {{Spoiled Brat}} who breaks into the bears' house, eats all their porridge, feels no remorse for breaking the Baby Bear's chair and messes up the bears' bedsheets with all the muck underneath her shoes.
* FairyGodmother: Notable in that she's played fairly straight compared to many of the characters.
* FracturedFairytale
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Somehow, the Prince calling Cinderella a "dirty slut" escaped the radar. There are many more examples, such as this one from ''Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'' talking about the king advertising for a new wife:
-->''The king said with a shifty smile''
-->''[[DoubleEntendre I'd like to give each one a trial.]]''
* {{Grimmification}}: The opening lines of ''Cinderella'' are quoted on the trope page.
* KarmaHoudini: The narrator sees Goldilocks as this in the traditional version of the tale, so he subverts it by having [[spoiler:the bears eat Goldilocks]]. Within these versions of the tales, the Prince in ''Cinderella'' and Little Red Riding Hood in ''The Three Little Pigs'' also qualify.
** For those who see Jack in ''Jack and the Beanstalk'' as this in other versions of the tale, it's subverted here because Jack doesn't steal anything from the giant. All he uses to become rich are the solid gold leaves which grow on top of the beanstalk, which he has a claim to anyway as he bought the magic bean that the beanstalk grew from.
* LittleRedFightingHood: She's a sharpshooter.
-->''The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.''
-->''She whips a pistol from her knickers.''
-->''She aims it at the creature's head''
-->''And bang bang bang she shoots him dead.''
* PrinceCharmless: Cinderella is shocked to discover what the Prince is really like.
--> ''Poor Cindy's heart was torn to shreds. ''
--> ''My prince! she thought. He chops off heads!''
* SpoofAesop: In ''Jack and the Beanstalk'', Jack bathes so the giant is unable to smell him when he climbs the beanstalk to pick all the solid gold leaves on the top. Jack resolves to have a bath every day from then on.
* TheBigBadWolf: We get two of them!
* TooDumbToLive: The first little pig is described as this for being foolish enough to build his house out of straw.
** Cinderella's second Ugly Sister, after she still wants to try on the shoe after seeing what happened to the first Ugly Sister.
* WrongGenreSavvy: One of the Ugly Sisters seems GenreSavvy at first, by swapping Cinderella's glass slipper with her own shoe. However, as she's in a FracturedFairyTale, this doesn't end well for her. The slipper fits, but rather than face the prospect of marrying her, the Prince [[spoiler:chops off her head there and then]].
** {{The Big Bad Wolf}} in ''Little Red Riding Hood'' again seems genre savvy at first. He doesn't even meet Red Riding Hood before he goes to Grandma's house, but knows she'll turn up eventually. The story then follows traditionally with the Wolf dressing up as Grandma and Red Riding Hood saying, "What great big eyes you have Grandma?" and the Wolf replying, "All the better to see you with." But then Red Riding Hood says, "But Grandma, what a lovely great big furry coat you have on." The Wolf replies, "That's wrong! Have you forgot to tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?". He says he'll eat her anyway, but it turns out she's a good shot with a gun.
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