The Myth of True Love’s Kiss

When you think about fairy tales, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind when it comes to breaking curses? If you’re anything like me (or if you read the title of this post), your mind immediately went to the magical cure-all: true love’s kiss. Think about it. According to the stories, Snow WhiteContinue reading “The Myth of True Love’s Kiss”

Why Does the Slipper Stay?

I did mention in my last post that I’ve been watching a lot (and I do mean a lot) of fairy tales lately, right? There’s something that’s always bothered me about Cinderella. In every version I’ve read or seen (except Ella Enchanted and maybe Ever After) it’s made very clear that the magic allowing Cinderella to attend the ball willContinue reading “Why Does the Slipper Stay?”

What Fairy Tales Teach Adults

I’m back! I’m so sorry for being gone for months. As you may know, I was recently in a play, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I’ve always loved that play and I finally got to be in it! I played the role of Helena and after weeks of memorization, a rather intense and frantic rehearsal schedule,Continue reading “What Fairy Tales Teach Adults”

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”

Fairy Tale Facts: Puss in Boots

Animal helpers have always been popular in fairy tales. Cinderella had some helpful birds (or mice, depending on the version). Many heroes encounter animals in peril and are rewarded for helping them. But perhaps the most famous animal helper is Puss in Boots. There are numerous versions of the Puss in Boots fairy tale. TheContinue reading “Fairy Tale Facts: Puss in Boots”

Fairy Tale Facts: Diamonds and Toads

Hey there word nerds! I’m back with more fun fairy tale facts! Today we’re looking at Charles Perrault’s “Diamonds and Toads”. “Diamonds and Toads”, or “Les Fées” (The Fairies) as it was originally titled in French, was written by Charles Perrault and included in Andrew Lang’s translation of Perrault’s stories called The Blue Fairy Book (1889).Continue reading “Fairy Tale Facts: Diamonds and Toads”