Why Fairy Tales?
About a year ago, I read a great little book by the name of Beastly. Alex Flinn did a great job of taking the classic story of Beauty and the Beast and bringing it to the modern era. I loved it. Actually, I loved it so much I decided to spend an entire week featuring retold fairy tales on my blog. Several other bloggers mentioned that they would like to join in, and Once Upon a Week was born. In organizing this event, I’ve learned that I’m definitely not the only one out there who truly LOVES fairy tales. But I’m still working on what it is exactly that pulls us to these stories.
I think that, for me, a big part of the appeal is that fairy tales allow us to enter a world where anything is possible. Magic is real, and the normal rules don’t apply. Twelve princesses can travel each night to an underground forest, a wolf can impersonate grandma, and straw can be spun into gold. The scullery maid can marry a prince, or a lowly soldier can win the hand of a princess. Virtue is always rewarded, and endings are happy more often than not. When a fairy tale is modernized, it brings the magic to the mundane world we’re all too familiar with. Who
wouldn’t want to spend time in a world like that?
I also love fairy tales because they are cultural common ground. The details differ, but many stories can be found in some form almost anywhere in the world. I don’t think fairy tales are the key to world peace (wouldn’t that be great?), but I think it’s telling that the same fears, dreams, and values show up in the stories of every culture.
Whatever the reason is, fairy tales seem to really strike a chord with a lot of us. I hope you’ll all have fun with me this coming week (Aug. 1-7) as we spend some time celebrating the stories we all love. In the meantime, tell me- What is it about fairy tales and retellings that you enjoy most?
Thanks so much for having me, Tif!
Thank you so much Vanessa for stopping by today! I look forward to your posts coming next week and writing some of my own! Happy Reading!!
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