Rapunzel, COVID-19, fan fiction, coping, Tangled, YouTubers, social media


In response to the events of COVID-19 in 2020, social content creators found connections between their lives and the life of Rapunzel as represented in Disney’s 2010 retelling of the Rapunzel tale, Tangled. To show these connections, YouTube videos were made to highlight the similarities between people’s lives under quarantine and Rapunzel’s containment in the tower. While these videos were seemingly made to play on current life events, they illustrate the many ways in which fairy tales have been used to bridge the fantastical and reality when attempting to cope with trauma. This article explores the connections between fairy tales and coping through tragic events and how social media has allowed content creators to create fan fiction through altered narratives that reach wider audiences in order to bring comfort in times of trouble.

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