I love reading folklore and mythology. I can remember reading D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, with it’s cartoony illustrations, as a child. I’ve bought several collections of fairy tales and myths over the years (I even have Taschen’s Grimm Collection on my wishlist).
I love reading different versions of the same tale. Sometimes they live happily every after, and sometimes the endings are far less happy. The little differences can be wonderful to uncover. It’s probably also why I like stories that incorporate folkloric and mythological elements, like Catherynne Valente’s (@catvalente) Deathless or of course Neil Gaiman’s (@neilhimself) American Gods.
It is also why I was so excited to come across this Collection of Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts. I was pointed there by Maria Popova (@brainpicker). Check it out. Bookmark it. Explore it. You will lose your weekend, but it will be so worth it.
The collection is organized alphabetically by story titles, story topics, and characters. Look–17 versions of Beauty and the Beast! 23 versions of Cinderella! Eight versions of Hansel and Gretel! 35 versions of the Tortoise and the Hare! Now clearly this is not a complete collection, but as a starting point, it is a fantastic resource. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.