Welcome back! I'm talking about another one of my great loves today; another one of those things that helped make the Emily you see today. :)
I actually grew up with an Omnibus of Fairy Tales, which are the abridged, child friendly tales taken from the work above.
I still have the book, though it's missing its spine (and now held together with packing tape) and I read the stories to my own children (whenever I can get them to sit still long enough), but I purchased a copy of Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales a few years ago.
I grew fascinated with just how much the stories had changed from one work to another. I started to come up with conspiracy theories as to why we'd make them more lighthearted and who would benefit the most from doing so. And I realized that, obviously, the villains in the stories would have the most to gain. If we forgot them and how truly horrible they were, they'd have a chance to grow more powerful.
It was actually that thought that inspired me to write my YA Contemporary Fantasy, ALMOST NIGHT (you can see more about it in the My Books page above).
So what about you? Have you read the original tales? Or did you grow up on one of the other versions?