Fairytales are supposed to end happily ever after.
But fantasy aficionados the Brothers Grimm sure seemed to hate neat and tidy endings. One might even say they hated happiness and good tidings even more, as the majority of their fairytales are horrifyingly gruesome. Their version of Beauty and the Beast, for example, was dark and haunting much like the lives of the real couple who were forced into marriage and studied like animals.
The original Brothers Grimm stories were scary, violent, sex-obsessed, and incredibly ill-suited for children. Some of their tales are better known than others but they're all cleverly crafted. If you're into brutal and provocative fiction, you'll love reading about these decidedly not-happy endings.
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"The Girl Without Hands" Had No Hands Because Her Father Cut Them OffPhoto: loopgarou / YouTube
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A Woman In "The Goose Bride" Gets Thrown Into A Barrel Full Of NailsPhoto: Jennie Harbour / WikiMedia Commons
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