Currently, the tales are being translated into English, and I hope we’ll soon see them in some form here. But what impact will they make? Certainly, scholars will pour over them, but will the general public even notice?
I hope so; though, I fear the only way the average person will is if they’re made into a movie, whether Disney tackles the feat or someone uses them to paint a dark fantasy tale to grace the silver screen.
Especially unique to these stories is that Schönwerth made no effort, unlike the Grimm brothers, to alter the tales from their original oral form. It will be interesting to see whether we, with our modern sensibilities, find this fulfilling or too alien for our patience.
What do you think the chances are that Schönwerth’s fairy tales will make it past the scholarly halls of academia and into the general marketplace? What impact do you think they might make on our concepts of fairy tales?