Character Types: The Crone

Every story needs a villain. Villains can take many forms: a tyrant, an oppressor, a terrible storm, or a character’s own nature. The best villains, the ones we love to hate, are purely evil for evil’s sake. Fairy tales are no different. They sport a wide array of baddies for us to boo and provideContinue reading “Character Types: The Crone”

Character Types: The Beautiful Damsel

As much as it pains me to admit it, a good fairy tale isn’t complete without a damsel in distress. Damsels serve as the motivation for the hero. Whether it’s a charming prince fighting a dragon to save her or a poor lad trying to prove his worth, there’s always a girl involved with theContinue reading “Character Types: The Beautiful Damsel”

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”