Almost every single child is familiar with Disney princesses, they have either seen the films or read the stories. These Disney princesses have been part of our childhood and will continue to be a part of the next generation.
Although Disney sure did make sure to make them child-friendly, their real stories are dark. You might actually be surprised as to how the real stories go, if you want to know more about them, keep reading.
Disney Princesses: Little Mermaid
This first one is all about everyone’s favorite mermaid. On the Disney version that was released in 1989, Ariel saved the prince and became so infatuated with him. She fell so deep that she defied her father and actually traded her voice for some pair of feet. The little mermaid indeed manages to meet the prince and she eventually got her happily ever after.
However, Hans Christian Andersen, the original author of the story, made it slightly horrific. When Ariel got her feet, every step that she makes gives her excruciating pain. Unlike the Disney version, Ariel did not get her happily ever after in the original story. That is because the prince ended up marrying someone else, and so she died and turned into sea foam.
Disney Princesses: Sleeping Beauty
Aurora’s fairy tale love story has been around for decades now and is one of the oldest Disney films. It turns out Disney got the inspiration from one of the earliest versions of Sleeping Beauty from the 16th century. The original story is actually very far from the Disney version of the tale and it does not involve Maleficent. It also does not involve any “once upon a dream” meeting with a handsome prince. The original sleeping beauty was actually found by a married prince who took advantage of her.
The princess only managed to wake up after she gave birth and one of her babies sucked the poison out of her finger. Sleeping Beauty then became the king’s mistress, and the villain of the story was the Queen. She is not an evil fairy, but simply a wife of a king who wants to get rid of the mistress and her children.
Cinderella has been one of the most popular fairy tale princesses of all time. Her story focuses on the glass slipper that she left behind for the prince to find. It turns out that the original story of Cinderella used golden slippers instead of glass.
Then again, Disney also did not exactly elaborate on what the ugly stepsisters did when trying on the shoes. One of the stepsisters had to slice off her toes, and the other had to slice her heel. Despite being able to fit the shoe in, there was visible blood coming from the feet which gave them away.
In the Disney animated film Tangled, Rapunzel became involved with a thief who stole her crown from the palace. However, in the original story, it was a prince who actually discovered her in the tower. Mother Gothel found out about it, and let him fall into thorns that made him blind.