A lot of my friends seem to like owls, if their tendency to post photos of adorable fluffy feathered faces on Facebook is anything to go by. I rather like them too; we live close to a gully & it's lovely hearing the moreporks calling at night. Once or twice one has sat in a tree just outside our window - very special!
Of course, behind the beauty lies a fierce, predatory nature, and that is well captured (in a most humorous way) in this video from the wonderful 'True Facts' series:
I do not remember reading any fairy tales involving the ripping off of small persons' faces by an owl. I'm sure he just made that bit up!