10 Horrific Truths Behind Your Favourite Disney Movies
9. Aurora Didn't Exactly Wake Up When Her Prince Came To Her Rescue - Sleeping Beauty
In Giambattista Basile's original tale, "Sun, Moon, and Talia," Talia (the original Aurora) was the daughter of a lord, not a king. Her father had men predict her future, and they foresaw the whole spinning wheel fiasco. She falls asleep, and then her father straight up abandons her because he is so distraught. Then a king from a faraway land, who is already married by the way, finds her, has sex with her, and then carries on his way back home.
Talia wakes up NINE MONTHS LATER when her two children are born and they suck on her fingers to remove the splinter from the spinning wheel. The king's wife catches wind of this, tries to cook the children and serve them to the king, but then is found out and put to death. And then Talia and the king live happily ever after (debatable).
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