YMMV / Little Red Riding Hood

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The Big Bad Wolf. While people know him to be a predator who tricks a little girl into telling him about her grandmother, other versions have a more disturbing take on him. The song, "Little Red Riding Hood", has him be a Stalker with a Crush who just wants to walk with Red through the woods. Other darker versions have him be a sexual predator who tries to take Red by force. Yikes.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In some versions where the wolf tricks the girl into eating some of Grandma's dead body and blood, a cat suddenly comes to call her a slut because she eats her grandma... then the cat is never heard again. Clearly Grandma lives in a very strange neighborhood.
  • Crack Pairing: Red/Wolf. It exists.
  • Critical Research Failure: One of the primary instances to invoke this with fairy tales. Lots of people are unaware of the history.
    • Such as Perrault so far being the first known to ever used "red" importantly in the story.
    • Bringing up sex symbolism even though the versions where sex was in the story predate both Perrault and Brothers Grimm and were not included in their versions.
    • Werewolf inclusion, a lot of people think this is a modern addition even though older versions did indeed call the wolf a "loup garou".
  • Freud Was Right: A common interpretation of the tale is as an Aesop about a young girl's burgeoning sexuality, with the wolf standing in as a sexually aggressive man. The red hood is often interpreted as representing menstruation, carnality, virginity, or sin in general.
    • The musical Into the Woods may be going with this interpretation, mainly the original '80s stage version where the Wolf has, ahem, visible genitals.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The wolf crosses it in the versions where he feeds Red her dead grandmas remains.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Perrault kills off Grandma, then has Little Red tricked into becoming a cannibal, and then she too meets a gruesome end in the wolf's jaws. Sleep tight kids.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • This story's origins are even older than Perrault.
    • It's also often a point people think the Hotter and Sexier versions of the story are a new idea. Even though versions where the girl is older and hints of sex or direct sex used to be a regular part of the story.