Interview for The Independent on Pullman’s Adaptation of Grimm’s Tales

Professor Gray was recently interviewed by the Independent about Philip Pullman’s new adaptations of Grimm’s tales:

Bill Gray, professor of English literary history at the University of Chichester, said: “This is really exciting. Philip Pullman is the right man; he tackles this stuff supremely well.”

He said: “I think these old tales connect with very basic issues. There is something about the stories that, if not eternal, they are certainly classic.”

Professor Gray, who founded the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy and who has written on Mr Pullman, continued: “Philip Pullman writes stunningly well. He deals with big issues including values and the meaning of life.”

This comes amid a series of live action film adaptations of Grimm’s tales. These include two upcoming takes on Snow White – Professor Gray advised on Snow White & the Huntsman – which follow Red Riding Hood last year.

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