It sounds so Grimm

YP readers. Compiled by Chris Lau
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The Brothers Grimm - Jacob and Wilhelm - travelled across Germany in the early 19th century to collect folk stories. They published their first collection in 1812 to make sure these stories could be passed down from generation to generation.

Not only are their children's fairy tales famous worldwide even today, but many of them have served as the basis for some Hollywood blockbusters.

For this week's top 10, Young Post asked you for your favourite Brothers Grimm tales.

1. The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids

The mind game between the wolf and seven young goats makes the story interesting to read.

I like how the wolf fools the little goats by improving his disguises one step at a time, while on the other hand, the little goats are able to poke holes in the wolf's increasingly cunning deception.

I still remember the scary part when the wolf's stomach was cut open, stuffed with stones, and sewn back together. The silly wolf eventually drowned himself.

This has to be one of the most terrible forms of tortures I've ever read in children's literature.

Jack Sze

2. Sweetheart Roland

This is my favourite Brother Grimm's tale, and it's completely underrated. The main character is a smart and capable young woman, and the tale itself is probably one of the brothers' least tragic works.

Tam Sum-sze

3. The Old Man and His Grandson

An old man sits in a corner, eating dinner out of a cheap wooden bowl while his son, daughter-in-law and grandson eat at a proper table. One day, the boy gathers branches to make a trough for his parents when they grow old.

The lesson: if we don't give our elders respect, we won't get any from our children when we get old.

Cassandra Lee

4. Hansel and Gretel

The best thing about the story is the gingerbread house covered with candy. Just by imagining it makes my mouth water. It's a teaser for my sweet tooth.

Plus I like when Hansel and Gretel meet their dad again and they live happily ever after. It's the cutest story I've ever read.

Mimi Lam

5. The Sleeping Beauty

It's such a romantic story, and the leading character is so beautiful! How could you not like it?

Jocelyn Wong

6. Rumpelstiltskin

Rumpelstiltskin is the name of a peculiar little imp who appears out of thin air. He has magical powers and saves a young girl, who later becomes a queen, three times.

I think it would make a great film, and I would like to see a comedic actor playing the role. Although the message of the fable is cruel, it is a fascinating tale in its own right.

Jade Lam

7. The Peasant's Wise Daughter

This story is definitely my all-time favourite. It's the story of a once-underprivileged queen with Solomon's wisdom.

Heidi Kwan

8. The Water of Life

The king was dying, and only the water of life could save him. The youngest of three sons found it, but his brothers were jealous. They replaced it with water that made the king sicker. He ordered the youngest killed. But the truth comes out, and youngest wins.

Limbu Laxmi

9. Little Red Riding Hood

It's one of those stories that everyone hears when they are young, but no one knows how great a classic it is until they grow up. Though the wolf loses in the end, if you want to learn the best disguising skills, learning from the wolf is not a bad idea.

Lau Chun-kit

10. Pied Piper of Hamelin

This story has a lot of different interpretations. The pied piper arrives in the town of Hamelin to save people from plague-carrying rats. He succeeds, but the mayor refuses to pay him, so the piper lures all their children away with his music. Some say the pied piper actually represents the plague.

Dennis Goodboy

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