I’ve been out in the world on my own for several years now. I’ve got a great career, a little place I’ve made my home, and a fantastic group of friends. By all accounts, I have a happy, successful life.
Spell and curses, potions and enchantments. I just love magic, don’t you? It makes the worlds and stories in the books we read just come alive.
But creating that magic takes a little more effort than waving a wand and saying “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo.” Not everyone makes their magic systems the same way, but I thought I’d walk you through some of the more common approaches, as well as my own approach.
In 1815, the Brothers Grimm published their second volume of collected fairy tales. It contained over 70 different tales, including The Goose Girl and today’s topic: Snow-White and Rose-Red. The full story can be read here, but I wanted to take a look into it today.
Now, this may come as a surprise to some of you, but I read a lot of fairy tales.
Shocking, I know.
Lately I’ve been making an effort to read fairy tales from around the world, instead of just the Grimm Brothers, Charles Perrault, or Hans Christian Andersen. But I’ve discovered an interesting thing happens when you search for fairy tales around the world.