Cinderella is not the only fairy tale with an unsettling origin story. It seems like the oral tradition of passing stories down from one generation to another worked to scare the bejesus out of children, rather than to entertain them.
Sleeping Beauty was no exception, and the real story of the sleeping princess does not sound anything close to a happily ever after. In fact, the young girl's beloved "savior" needs to get locked up!
Many of us are familiar with Disney's version of the princess tale, which is based on Charles Perrault's rendition of the ancient story.
It goes something like this: A royal couple welcome their daughter, Princess Aurora, who is cursed to die on her 16th birthday. With the help of her fairies, Aurora only falls into a deep sleep, but she must be kissed by Prince Philip, to whom she is betrothed. The evil witch kidnaps the prince so that Aurora is forced to sleep forever. Of course, the prince escapes and the cute couple live happily ever after.
Unfortunately, there was no happily ever after in the 1634 original tale by Italian author Giambattista Basile.
Brace yourself, the story will change the way you look at this fairy tale.