The Importance Of Fairy Tales

Fairy tales have always been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember my lovelies, and I still content myself with revisiting childhood characters and wonderfully impossible stories whenever I get the chance. From the traditional Disney films, to old classic shows I watched as a child (Grimm’s Classic Fairy Tales!) to reinterpretations both in movie and book format, I just love the magic and simplistic beauty of a well-told fairy tale. The stories seem so cozy, like a blanket I can cuddle with whenever life gets to be too much.

Image From Google.

Image From Google.

They tend to be intimate, in the sense that there aren’t a cavalcade of characters bustling in and out, but a select few that the audience is asked to bond with. And so the story is made that much stronger, when the characters ache, we ache, when they rejoice, we do. This links characters and readers together so strongly that their stories become a part of who we are and how we define ourselves.

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Mermaid Image From Google.

Their setting can vary from a beautiful palace, to a secluded forest, or the ocean depths, but always there is a separateness, a sense of loneliness that beckons you in and makes you feel like you are an integral part of the tale itself, as though if you didn’t hear the ending, the characters would remain lost and broken forever. You make the story happen.

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Image From Google.

The plots are magical, in ways that force you to put the dreariness of everyday life aside and believe – even if for only a moment — that magic and hope really do exist. But too often these stories are overlooked and considered childish because of their perceived unrealistic qualities. We’re told they hold impossible nonsense and that there are some dreams too big to come true, some stories too much to hope for.

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Image From Google.

In the end we’re told these characters aren’t real, they aren’t as frail and human as others, and therefore their lessons are less important. But I don’t think there are stories more apt to show the beauty, truth, and depth of humanity than the tale of a mermaid who dreams about having an immortal soul, or a beauty that can see past disfigurement to acknowledge true love. These are truly the stories to admire. These are the stories that live forever.

*Originally posted on 9/30/2014

4 thoughts on “The Importance Of Fairy Tales

  1. Nice post. You’ve included some lovely images that capture the mood of this post. I’d be interested in you could recommend any ‘grown up’ books or films with a fairy tale type theme. I love a bit of fairy tale. Not so bothered about the Disney stuff but love the magical aspect of a story. I think it’s good to visit a fairy tale world every now and then.

    • Amazingly this is actually a blog-series I’m in the middle of writing, all my fairy tale recommendations lol! But just off the top of my head I’d say La Belle et la Bete (a French Beauty and the Beast film) is a wonderful fairy tale movie I’d recommend. Undine is another fantastic film I’d recommend to any fairy tale enthusiast (kind of an Irish play on a seklie/mermaid story)! As for books I would say Juliet Marillier’s Heart’s Blood is just the creepiest/coolest version of Beauty and the Beast that I’ve come across, though my favorite will always be Robin McKinley’s Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast! And Juliet’s Sevenwaters series is a GORGEOUS mix of fairy tales and Irish legends that I just LOVE!!!
      Ok, I’m gonna stop now or I never will lol! 😀

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