Fairy Tales for A to Z Letter F

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

inspired by fairy talesThe 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.

MA

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

About

I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

You may also like...

One thought on “Fairy Tales for A to Z Letter F

  1. jean baldridge yates
    Twitter:

    April 7, 2014 at 7:29am

    Love this and you are the FIRST PERSON ever whom I have met who has heard of Andrew Lang! We has all his books, but the were written in Scottish dialect!
    This challenge only make it better for us when we were little!

    Your book looks awesome! Bet it is more than just once upon a time and BOOM!

    🙂

    jean xox
    jean baldridge yates would love to share..BLOGGING FROM A TO Z CHALLENGE, THE LETTER FMy Profile

    Permalink  ⋅ Reply
    • Author

      Marian Allen
      Twitter:

      April 7, 2014 at 8:07am

      I haven’t read any of the books he actually wrote, but I only hang out with people who know the Colored Fairy Books. lol!

      Yes, SAGE is more than just once upon a time and BOOM — about 700 pages more. lol
      Marian Allen would love to share..SAGEMy Profile

      Permalink  ⋅ Reply
    • Author

      Marian Allen
      Twitter:

      April 7, 2014 at 10:16am

      I love the authority of fairy tales: They simply state that something is so, and proceed with the story. No explanations, no justifications, no arguments. Frogs can talk, brothers can be turned into swans, fairies can send a castle to sleep for 100 years. Period. I love it!
      Marian Allen would love to share..SAGEMy Profile

      Permalink  ⋅ Reply
      • Paul Kater
        Twitter:

        April 7, 2014 at 10:22am

        Guess why I love writing my Hilda series. She wields magic with the same authority that frogs speak of golden balls. 🙂
        It’s a fabulous realm of possibilities, and the true brilliance comes when you can explain something inexplicable using the vocabulary of that particular world. 😀
        Paul Kater would love to share..APG Indie promotion.My Profile

        Permalink  ⋅ Reply
        • Author

          Marian Allen
          Twitter:

          April 7, 2014 at 10:25am

          Yeah, it’s so much fun when you do something that’s impossible in “real life” and the reader nods and goes, “Yeah, that makes sense.”

          Permalink  ⋅ Reply
          • Paul Kater
            Twitter:

            April 7, 2014 at 10:31am

            LOL!! So true! My witch has a talking house and so far almost no one wondered where she got such a house. *grin*

            And nice to meet you on the A-Z trails as well. 🙂
            Paul Kater would love to share..APG Indie promotion.My Profile

  2. Jane
    Twitter:

    April 7, 2014 at 11:59am

    I read a book once about that Happily Ever After part of the story. Can’t recall the author, though of course I should.

    A blacksmith has made himself a sword and trained himself to use it. He is preparing to become a hero. He rescues the princess. She’s not interested in a blacksmith. But he won the challenge and they are married. What happens next?

    Permalink  ⋅ Reply

Your email will not be published. Name and Email fields are required

CommentLuv badge

This blog uses premium CommentLuv which allows you to put your keywords with your name if you have had 3 approved comments. Use your real name and then @ your keywords (maximum of 3)