18. Western Culture Fairy Tales
Whether it’s The Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen writings, Western fairy tales have been the go-to properties for literature, television, and film for over a hundred years.
The Brothers Grimm’s Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are staple stories—many of which Disney has and will continue to go to.
Andersen’s The Little Mermaid and The Emperor’s New Groove caught Disney’s eye as well.
Fairy tales in television and film had a rebirth of sorts after the spec screenplay Snow White and the Huntsman was sold for seven figures in 2010. After that, a plethora of TV series and movies based on or around fairy tales were all the rage. That trend has since subsided in the last couple of years, but it’s likely ready for a revival if writers can find new ways to tell those stories.