9 Stunning Illustrations Imagine What Fairy Tales Would Look Like If They Took Place In Different Cultures


We grew up with fairy tales. Our parents read them to us at our bedsides; our teachers used them to engage us with us at school. Their magic captured our imaginations and kept us company while we dreamed.

As a result, we're very, very familiar with the stories they tell, exactly as they were first told to us. Every plot point and line in its proper place. Which makes these illustrations from Korean artist Na Young Wooh all that much more spectacular.

The artist, known as Obsidian on Twitter and on book jackets, took some time out recently from working on her novel "Boutique Pearl Vixen" to imagine what Western fairy tales would look like if they were set in historic Korea -- and the results are impossibly stunning. 

From rendering the Beast as a kind, stylishly hatted tiger to covering the Little Mermaid's tail with a beautifully flowing hanbok, the pictures are an incredible tribute to the magic of cross-cultural interpretations. Check them out below.

"Beauty And The Beast"

"Snow White"

"The Snow Queen"

"The Little Mermaid"

"Little Red Riding Hood"

"Alice's Adventures In Wonderland"

"The Frog Prince"

Of course, the artist didn't let Korea have all the fun. She redrew the Snow Queen (the inspiration for Disney's "Frozen,") as if her story had taken place in Japan, and placed the heroine of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Swans" in ancient China. Gorgeous.

"The Snow Queen"

"The Wild Swans"

(H/T: io9)

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