A few months ago I wrote a couple articles trumpeting the wonder and magic of fairytales. Prime time fairy tales had me hooked. ABC’s Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time Wonderland held me the tightest. But there are others such as NBC’s Grimm and Dracula, FOX’s Sleepy Hollow, and the CW’s Beauty and the Beast and Arrow – so I know I’m not alone. Y’all are hooked too.
Couple all this the retellings in literature like Princess of the Midnight Ball, Cinder, Cress and Scarlet (which I’m currently reading) and I’d say we have a sweeping trend.
As silly as it sounds – I believe fairy tales are, in fact, worthy of our adoration. They merge experience and imagination, and create a rich atmosphere in which we suspend our disbelief, our cynicism, and absorb drops of truth.
And if ever I need to intellectually defend this, I simply quote C.S Lewis from “On Three Ways for Writing for Children” – after all, who can refute anything he says. :)
When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly.
Buy what you think…
Do you like fairy tales? Are they over-rated?
What’s the best adaptation you’ve read / seen / heard lately?
And what do you think about “Happily Ever After?”
I know that alone could be a whole post – and maybe it’ll be my next – but let’s discuss it… Do we need that tied-up-in-a-bow-and-sigh ending so that we too feel we’ve defeated the villain, saved the day, and earned our own “happily ever after?”
Merrillee Whren says
I love fairy tales. I think its sad that so many people have become so cynical that they can’t enjoy a fairy tale.
Katherine Reay says
I really do love them and they are not, in fact, trite stories. There is remarkable depth and history to fairy tales and a sense of “right” that seeps into their fabrics. Great stuff!
I think they inspire and give hope. I love them and read them to my kids.