Did you grow up with fairy tales? What were your favorites?
I had this really beautiful copy of Beauty and the Beast illustrated by Hilary Knight as a kid that I absolutely loved. I loved that version especially because it was so stunning to look at—I would try to copy the pictures—but I also liked that story the best out of all the sort of "classic" Disney-fied kids' stories because the female protagonist was someone I related to and looked up to. She's a dreamer and a bit of an oddball, and becomes a captive not because of her own helplessness but because of her selflessness and love for others. And, of course, she goes for the weirdo recluse instead of the town heartthrob who, in any other story, would have been the hero.
I also have very fond memories of my dad reading aloud the shortest, most morbid Grimm's' Fairytales he could find and almost peeing my pants laughing.