My source is the inestimable work “An Underground Education,” a book about all of the history you don’t learn in school (or anywhere else). Here’s a brief sample of an Original Fairy Tale:
Sleeping Beauty (Italy, 1636), named Talia, was awakened by an awkward birth. Prince Charming, finding her laying on that bed from poisoned flax, raped her. The Prince ran off, leaving her to be awakened nine months later by the birth of twins. Fortunately, faries feed her and her infants, as she has been locked in her mansion.
The Prince, now a king, remembering his previous exploits nine months prior, comes back to Talia and finds himself a father, so he tells Talia who he is. “A great friendship and a strong bond sprang up between them, and he lingered several days in her company,” to quote from the original. While he was away the second time, the king kept muttering ‘Talia, Talia,’ and the names of their children (Sun and Moon). The queen, who does not know of Talia (kingy-boy doesn’t rape and tell), becomes suspicious of this Talia her husband is always on about. So she bribes a servent to tell her, and then dispatches a messenger to send for Talia. The queen, in true regal fashion, dispatches the children and bakes them in meat pies (shades of Titus!) fit for a king. During the meal, the queen keeps muttering “Mangia, mangia; you are eating your own!” The king, tired of her rambling, shouts “Of course I’m eating my own. You didn’t bring anything to this marriage.” The queen, not satisfied, has Talia brought to her. The exchange goes something like this:
Queen: “So you’re the little bitch who’s giving me such a headache!”
Talia: “It’s not my fault! He raped me when I was drugged!”
Queen: “Light the bonfire and throw her in.”
Talia pleads with the queen, so the queen stays her execution if she will remove her jewel-encrusted clothes. (“Strip yourself naked. I’d be delighted.”) With each item of clothing she removes (bodice, dress, etc.), Talia screams. She screams loudest as she removes her last piece. Then the queen’s men drag the naked teenager to the bonfire.
The king takes this chance to walk in, saving Talia. He asks after the children and screams when he’s told the secret ingredient of the pies. He has the queen and the double-crossing servant tossed into the bonfire. He orders the cook thrown in, but the cook claims that the children were never killed: He grilled up some lamb, instead. The cook’s wife marches in with the twins. The king marries Talia and they live Happily Ever After.
Moral: “Good things happen to lucky people, even when they’re sleeping.”
So, rape is a Good Thing now?
The others go about the same: Take the gore factor up a few notches, and throw in a few sexual perversions to keep the fathers of the anklebiters listening.