The other day some friends of mine wanted to watch Disney's Beauty and the Beast. It's common knowledge that I'm a fan and at one point one friend asked, "I assume you've read the book?"
Me: Which one?
Friend: I assume this was based on a book.
Me: Well, it was based on a fairy tale. There are tons of different book versions.
Friend: Wait, what do you mean? How can they tell the same story over and over?
I wasn't-and still am-not quite sure what she meant by this question; whether she was talking about copyrights or thinking in terms of it getting boring after multiple retellings. At first it was so far away from anything I would have asked I had no idea how to answer it. I tried to explain that the stories were familiar themes to borrow from, and that different authors each bring their own interpretation to the tales to keep them fresh, but I don't think I did a good job because the friend seemed just as confused afterwards as she did before.
It baffled my mind that anyone was so unaware of the nature of fairy tales and the fact that there are many versions, and seemingly couldn't see the purpose of revisiting these tales. Sometimes I get so immersed in the fairy tale world I don't realize the presuppositions and misperceptions most people have about the tales.
Do you have experiences with friends/aquaintances who cannot understand your interest in fairy tales, or the basic nature of fairy tales?