I grew up on Disney’s version of The Little Mermaid. I fell in love with the story, and I fell in love with the handsome Prince Eric.
(He’s so dreamy!)
Anyway, at some point I realized that Disney had brutally changed the story, and that it didn’t really resemble the tone of the story written by Hans Christian Andersen. Especially the ending. You see, Dear Readers, the real story doesn’t end with a happily ever after. SPOILER ALERT: The real story ends with our favorite mermaid turning into foam. Disney fooled me!!
I can’t even be bitter, because I love that movie.
Recently I read the book Inland by Kat Rosenfeld. This book is kind of the opposite of The Little Mermaid. In The Little Mermaid, a mermaid falls in love with a man and she’s willing to give up everything to be with the man she loves. Inland is the story of a girl that falls in love with the sea- she falls in love with the sea deeply and madly- in a way that is completely unhealthy. The word I use to describe Inland is insidious. This story has a creepy vibe. This book played with my mind and my emotions. This book put me in such a dark frame of mind I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone suffering from depression. On the flip side, the book takes a fearless look at a teen suffering from serious health issues with real family problems. Inland is the story of Callie Morgan, a sick girl that is bounced from doctor to doctor and hospital to hospital and when she finally begins to get better physically, she suffers emotionally and mentally. This is a dark dark story. And even though its been a few years since I was well and truly afraid of the dark, there was something so eerie about this book that I definitely kept a light on hand.
I felt like I was drowning in a sea of words by the end of this book. And all of those words were designed to mess up my mind and emotions. This book is good in the way dark chocolate is good, or bass on the radio or I guess, like the ocean. It is deep and rich in a way that spoke to some deep-seated fears I didn’t even know I had.
You MUST READ Inland by Kat Rosenfeld if you like :
H. P. Lovecraft
Stories of the Sea
Stories about Mental Illness
Stories of Sick Teens
You MUST READ The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen if you like:
Original Fairy Tales
Stories of the Sea
Bonus Fact: I’m told that Hans Christian Andersen wrote The Little Mermaid as a love letter to another man. He hoped his feelings might be reciprocated, but instead his love interest rejected him and got married. Don’t believe it? There’s more info on the subject here: http://rictornorton.co.uk/andersen.htm