Slightly off topic but sticking to fairy tales: I had the pleasure of seeing the souped up rewritten version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" this weekend. When I heard that it had been rewritten to include "positive social messages" I was perturbed because the positive social messages almost always take the form of "eat the rich".
Happily, it was more about kindness to the poor and being responsible for each other. (My cynical self kind of chuckled that everyone was so upset that the Prince's guardian--he's an orphan in this edition--is "buying up all the land belonging to the poor." I kept thinking "This thing is sort of set in the 1600s. The poor didn't own land; they barely could rent it!") But what I liked BEST was that, of all versions of the R&H Cinderella, THIS one rewrote the part of Cinderella so that she had more spine and somewhat less help from magical mice and so forth. Yes, there was a fairy godmother, but she mainly provided a new dress and a kick in the pants.
Even better, the prince was finally given an actual personality beyond "stoic handsome guy with cash." He was, in fact, an insecure goofball who also needed a kick in the pants to realize that his guardian was stealing from his subjects. Also, he had excellent comic timing. I heartily recommend.
Off the topic of fairy tales, I nominate a theme in far too many chick lit books in which our quiet, meditative heroine is forced into the messy lives of her less responsible, often selfish, siblings and eventually Learns That They Have Good Reason To Be Angry. After which there is a big happy reunion scene set several months later with pregnancies and marriages abounding.
Sorry, but in real life, I have several quiet, contemplative friends who have excellent reasons to avoid their irresponsible, selfish family members. Getting involved again will only lead to a horror show that would completely upset their (finally) healthy home lives.