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Three Little Pigs gets breaking news treatment from the Guardian

Can the Guardian expand its domain into creating dramatic re-enactments of fairy tales? Their viral-video advertisement features Guardian coverage of the Three Little Pigs to demonstrate how their news team would cover every angle of the crime. It’s not much of a fairy-tale ending, either.

Next, we think, The Guardian should cover the story of Cinderella, except she would divorce Prince Charming after 72 days, Kardashian-style. Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel would be some gristly crime stories worthy of a Law & Order: SVU, and the Little Mermaid would be heralded as a breakthrough scientific discovery. Rumpelstiltskin, on the other hand would inspire debate about the economic crisis, since many people can certainly empathize with a woman forced to spin straw into gold and who must leverage her first-born child to escape a dungeon.

Fairy tales are all the rage this year — check out TV critic Hank Stuever’s take on the shows “Grimm” and “Once Upon a Time,” and look for dueling Snow White movies, as well as a Hansel and Gretel film, to come out this spring.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.


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