Fairy Tale Facts: Thumbelina

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. On the recommendation of my friend Julie, I’ll be talking about Thumbelina today. Thumbelina, or Tommelise as it was titled in the original Danish, was written by Hans Christian Andersen as a part of his first collection of fairy tales in 1835 and notContinue reading “Fairy Tale Facts: Thumbelina”

Character Types: The Prince

Prince Charming. Depending on who you are and how you grew up, you might have mixed reactions to the name. Some of you might sigh romantically, picturing your own version of the perfect man who you hope to meet some day. Some of you might sigh in frustration, cursing those stories and movies that haveContinue reading “Character Types: The Prince”

Character Types: Heroes-The Poor Lad/Lass

I was going to write about heroes today, but I realized that there are subcategories of heroes that should be explored. So today’s character type is the poor lad/lass (my name, not an official one). This is possible the most well known character type, not only in fairy tales, but in all of story-telling. ThisContinue reading “Character Types: Heroes-The Poor Lad/Lass”

Character Types: Fairy Godmothers

I was recently (and by recently, I mean like a month and a half ago) talking to a writer friend who wanted to write a fairy tale. She asked me what some of the traditional characteristics of fairy godmothers were. That of course turned on the little light bulb over my head. I decided toContinue reading “Character Types: Fairy Godmothers”

The Spell for a Fairytale Romance

Today the blog gets a visit from my good friend and fellow classmate Nichole Parks! In honor of the new Cinderella movie, Nichole shares about the ingredients of a successful fairy tale, using Cinderella as an example.  In whatever land you travel, there will be bedtime stories. They are whispered like prayers and as delicateContinue reading “The Spell for a Fairytale Romance”

A History of the Fairy Tale

Fairy tales have been passed down orally for centuries, so it’s hard tor trace their exact history. However, once they were written, it becomes easier to see how they’ve grown and change. But where did these stories of the fantastic come from? I may not have precise answers, but I can talk about where theContinue reading “A History of the Fairy Tale”

Fairy Tale Facts: Rapunzel

I can’t believe I haven’t talked about Rapunzel yet! So here I go! It was first published by the Brothers Grimm in their 1812 collection, Children’s and Household Tales. What It’s About A young wife is pregnant. A window in her house overlooked a garden of a powerful enchantress. Day after day, she would sit at theContinue reading “Fairy Tale Facts: Rapunzel”

The Big Three: Perrault, Andersen, and the Brothers Grimm

I’ve spent a lot of time on this blog talking about fairy tales. In exploring the different stories, I’ve found what I consider to be the most famous authors of fairy tales; Charles Perrault, the Grimm Brothers, and Hans Christian Andersen. So today I’m going to dive a little more into their backgrounds. Charles PerraultContinue reading “The Big Three: Perrault, Andersen, and the Brothers Grimm”

Fairy Tale Facts: The Princess and the Pea

In May of 1835, Hans Christian Anderson published a brochure of four original fairy tales. One of the stories was the now-popular The Princess and the Pea. Today we’ll take a look at some aspects of the story. What It’s About A young prince wishes to marry a princess and travels the world to find a bride.Continue reading “Fairy Tale Facts: The Princess and the Pea”

Fairy Tale Facts: Rumplestiltskin

Rumplestiltskin is a fairy tale that I often forget about for chunks of time. Then I’ll stumble across some re-imagining of it that reminds me how great the story is. It was written by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. What It’s About A poor miller, trying to gain some respect, boasts that hisContinue reading “Fairy Tale Facts: Rumplestiltskin”