Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry

About the Author: Jack D. Zipes

Jack David Zipes is a retired Professor of German at the University of Minnesota He has published and lectured extensively on the subject of fairy tales, their linguistic roots, and argued that they have a socialization function According to Zipes, fairy tales serve a meaningful social function, not just for compensation but for revelation the worlds projected by the best of our fairy tales

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  • Paperback
  • 144 pages
  • Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry
  • Jack D. Zipes
  • English
  • 02 March 2018
  • 9780415918510

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10 thoughts on “Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry

  1. Quirkyreader says:

    Every culture has its own fairy and folk tales This book was a collection of essays that Zipes printed in other publications The perspective that I got from the essays was that they were mostly about Disney and its effects on the world It also focused on the marketing of products related to the Disney machine Zipes related how a child could be very into one character or film and then want everything associated with it Marketing towards children has been around for decades, and many of us hav...

  2. Christine says:

    Zipes other work seem to be better this one His use of culture at the end is mostly personal experience Maybe because I just read Cinderella Ate My Daughter Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie Girl Cult...

  3. Lorraine says:

    Parts of this are interesting I didn t know anything about the origins of Pinocchio, and I learned some interesting facts about Walt Disney and early animation But mostly this was very boring Also the last two chapters took...

  4. Helen says:

    The first half of this book is really interesting, particularly the chapters on Hansel and Gretel, Puss in Boots and Pinocchio The second half is overly polemical and much less engaging Would have given the book at least 3 stars if the final three chapters had been as interesting as the first three.

  5. Handan says:

    Okay, I purposefully gave myself a few days to digest what I read because for the last chapter or so I was basically reading while sick to my stomach I wasn t ill, at least not medically the realization of the impact of the fairy tale narrative on our world sits somewhere between dismay and horror in my brain That s sounds dramatic, but Zipes is persuasive Consider any fairy tale that has been popularized Okay, Disneyfied I was at first only bummed when I read his opinion that Disney films don t vary much and that they are distinguished by their music and humorous antics I mean, Ariel s a thousand leagues away from Snow White, right Yes and no Ariel has a greater hand in the action of her story, but ultimately, she is saved by her prince and the finale closes with a restoration of order and the status quo marriage, everything is back in balance but no system has been challenged I mean, we don t see any other merfolk flippin their fins to become human, do we But then I had to admit the man had a point.Take that one step further Disney excels at telling a story where one character develops but then the same is reestablished Simba takes revenge on Scar and reestablishes the line of Mustafa s rule with the support of a lady, Nala, and comical pals Timon and Pumbaa Robin Hood survives and outwits the phony ...

  6. Louisa Keron says:

    A lot of you may have grown up on fairy tales such as Puss in Boots and Hansel and Gretel If you re like me, they were a staple in growing up with a fair moral code Now that we re older and we ve been brainwashed by these stories, it s time to look at them in a mature way.This is where Jack Zipes comes in.His novel Happily Ever After Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry analyses several classic fairy tales and how they develop over time It started off as an interesting piece describing the origin of Puss in Boots and how it changed from Stragoli s interpretation of the classic story to the 1922 Disney version The shift between ideas and values are put on display, and it isn t just with this chapter.He continues this basic formula for the first few chapters I got to learn about Hansel, Gretel, and Pinocchio This includes the amazing fact that Collodi and Conan Doyle have something in common Read it to find out.Honestly, this part was my favourite part of the book Learning about the origins of these stories and the deeper meani...

  7. Jenny says:

    Thought provoking A bit extreme as we moved to the later chapters, especially the notion that capitalism is at the heart of all cultural industry woes, and some of the anecdotes from his personal life seemed to be out of place and whiny I don t know how it compares to other texts on similar subjects because this is the first one I ve read, but I found many parts of this book insightful I would really really love to see what Zipes s opinion on fandom fanfiction is, since it undermines his assumption that all storytell...

  8. Destiny Dawn Long says:

    From what I gather, Zipes is a fairly prolific scholar writer in the field of fairy tale studies The first half of the book I found deeply engaging as he did a bit of comparative study of the evolution of fairy tales prior to the 20th century He concentrated specifically on the cultural values of specific historic periods that are reflected within each version, and how as these values change over time so do the stories And within this framework, he also investigated how fairy tales have been used to socialize children However, the latter part of the work began to read a bit too much like a manifesto against the consumerist monoculture which wasn t what I was looking for Analysis of how fairy tales rationalize the abandonment and abuse of children Fun Sweeping value judgements and generalizations about contemporary society and consumerist culture Not quite...

  9. Tortla says:

    Oh, Jack Zipes, you re such a Marxist An insightful, child literature vindicating, well read and cinematically astute Marxist.