Tweeting the Tales: Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen created some of the most enduring characters and stories ever written. In honor of his birthday, I am now going to trivialize his monumental achievement by retelling his most famous tales as tweets...
TWEETING THE TALES: HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN (in 140 characters or less)
The Little Mermaid: Young mermaid gives up everything to be with man she loves. Dies after he marries less fishy-smelling bride.
The Snow Queen: Young girl embarks on epic quest through winter and woods to save annoying boy. Also, cool ice castle.
The Ugly Duckling: Swan suffering from case of mistaken identity learns that it's more important to be pretty than loved.
The Little Matchgirl: Poor girl freezes to death, but it's okay.
The Emperor's New Clothes: Nude emperor; observant child; rich tailors.
Thumbelina: Small girl is propositioned by inappropriate animals.
The Nightingale: Live birds are better than mechanical birds.
The Tinderbox: Dogs with really huge eyes are cool. (And other stuff happens, but really, their eyes are HUGE.)
The Wild Swans: Girl saves 11 brothers by sewing. Yay for Home Ec!
The Steadfast Tin Soldier: Angst-ridden toys have doomed romances.
The Princess and the Pea: Prince considers fussiness to be reasonable litmus test for suitability to wield supreme executive power.
Happy (belated) birthday, Hans!
If you'd like to read these tales in full, as well as others by Andersen, I recommend the beautiful and fascinating Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, edited by Maria Tatar.