Except if you have been living somewhere down in an undersea cavern some place, a long way from Twitter’s determined reach, you have most likely heard at this point Disney will redo The Little Mermaid as a real to life film. (Furthermore, in the event that you have been living among the delicate seafolk in a without twitter cave — do you have space for me?)

It was inescapable that Disney would restore The Little Mermaid sooner or later, and that individuals via web-based networking media would have assessments about it. In any case, when it was reported that gifted youthful R&B vocalist Halle Bailey will play Ariel, the web speedily lost its brain. A great many people were energized at the possibility of an Ariel who can, you know, sing. Some were at that point tremendous devotees of Bailey. What’s more, racists wherever had a hissy tantrum, crying that Ariel must be a pale animation redhead since it is progressively “exact” to the Danish source material.

Obviously, the possibility of a mermaid being depicted “mistakenly” is remarkably senseless all over in light of the fact that, regardless of what the History Channel lets you know, mermaids don’t exist. Also, obviously, there are Danish individuals of every single diverse race, skin tones, and hair shading. Be that as it may, how about we be genuine here: the individuals (and Twitter bots) crying over The Little Mermaid throwing couldn’t care less about being “exact” to Hans Christian Andersen’s unique story. On the off chance that they did, they would be extremely worked up about the way that Ariel’s grandma has been changed into an on edge crab, that her sisters never at any point suffocate a solitary mariner, and that the main mermaid gets the kid at last as opposed to losing him in a deplorable illustration for Andersen’s very own bound love life.

So what’s the genuine story behind The Little Mermaid? For what reason did Andersen compose it in any case? What’s more, how “exact” is Disney’s variant with regards to the things that truly matter?

The genuine Hans Christian Andersen was a splendid storyteller and a tension ridden mess. His artistic saint Charles Dickens once discovered him sobbing face down in the front yard subsequent to accepting an awful survey. He was so terrified of being covered alive that each time he rested, he apparently left a note to clear up any disarray. What’s more, he was broadly, spectacularly unfortunate in affection.

On the off chance that you’ve at any point perused any of his fantasies, this won’t come as a shock: Many of them manage topics of pathetic want and sentimental yearning, before the poor little mermaid, toy fighter, or bluebird hero has its heart broken and as a rule bites the dust a horrible yet-beautiful passing all the while.

Andersen didn’t exactly kick the bucket of a wrecked heart, however he fell frantically infatuated a few times through a mind-blowing span, and he never had his sentiments responded. He appears to have become hopelessly enamored with the two people, and dependent on his diaries, numerous researchers accept that he may have been biromantic and agamic.

Andersen seems to have fallen hard for a man named Edvard Collin. What’s more, even the researchers who demand that male fellowships were simply “considerably more loving” some time ago need to concede that Andersen’s letters to Collin went a long ways past non-romantic:

“I long for you, indeed, this minute I long for you as though you were a beautiful young lady… No one have I needed to whip as much as you… however neither has anybody been cherished such a great amount by me as you…

My assumptions for you are those of a lady. The gentility of my inclination and our fellowship must stay a secret.”

Collin didn’t restore Andersen’s sentiments, be that as it may, which “caused the creator much torment,” in Collin’s very own words.

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