Fairy tales were mother’s milk to me. I’ve always loved them, and I love them still. No, that doesn’t mean I watch Once Upon A Time (no link provided). I started out watching it and loving it, then it turned from a fairy tale extravaganza into a Disney product placement extravaganza, and I was like, “Screw this for a game of soldiers.”
Fairy tales take a minute to set things up and then get right to the point: Once upon a time there was a princess who was as good as she was beautiful, but one day…. BOOM! The story!
King of the Fairy Tales
The prime fairy tale guy, for me, was Andrew Lang, collector of the Fairy Books of Many Colors. The best part about these stories (other than the gorgeous illustrations) is that they come from many cultures, not just the Western world. There are 12 of the books: blue, red, yellow, violet, crimson, orange, brown, lilac, pink, grey, green, and olive. I have seven of those, with five on my wish list to buy when I sell enough of my own fairy-tale-inspired fantasy, SAGE.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write a fairy tale about a princess who was as good as she was beautiful and who lived happily ever after. Or about a boy who was as stupid as he was lazy but who ALSO lived happily ever after. Or both.