FAIRIES AND OTHER CREATURES
The stars of many fairy tales are supernatural beings called fairies. Fairies usually take human form, dwelling in an imaginary region called fairyland and the stories of its interventions through magic in mortal affairs. Yeah! They can also fly, have magic powers and generally act kindly toward human beings, like Cinderella’s fairy godmother. Fairy tales may have elves, goblins, gremlins, brownies, pixies, or other unusual beings instead of fairies. The stories may feature such creatures as witches and talking animals like the wolf in “Little Red Riding Hood.” Some fairy tales, like “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” have none of these creatures. But they contain many other characteristics of traditional fairy tales.
How many of you remember your granny’s fancy stories? Do you still use to hear those? Whoa! Those are the days of our childhood, moving on for vacations, cuddling with cousins, hang around together and a dinner under moonlight and finally all fighting to occupy a place in granny’s lap to listen her story….sounds so mesmerizing! Still we go out for a vacation but either we or our granny don’t find time for a story…so busy people nowadays!
WHAT MAKES A STORY A FAIRY TALE?
Fairy tales generally take place in a far-off time and place. They typically begin, “Once upon a time.” In the land of fairy tales, magical happenings are everyday occurrences. Bad kings or queens, beautiful but ill-treated girls, and handsome princes are frequent characters in fairy tales. So are poor young men ready for adventure. A fairy tale often tells the story of an individual. It takes into account the entire life of the hero or heroine, but focuses on a single event such as marriage. Fairy tales generally end happily. Goodness is rewarded, and evil is punished. The traditional closing line of a fairy tale is, “and they lived happily ever after.”
Certain basic plots occur again and again in fairy tales, with some variations. Both “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Frog Prince,” for example, tell the story of an animal that, through love, turns into a handsome prince. Many fairy tales are about unhappy people who eventually gain happiness, such as Snow White and Rapunzel. Other popular stories, like “The Little Mermaid” and “Pinocchio,” deal with magical transformations of shape. “The Magic Carpet” and “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” relate unusual adventures. Magical objects play key roles in “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp.”
WHERE DO FAIRY TALES COME FROM?
The belief in fairies was an almost universal attribute of early folk culture. The folk imagination not only conceives of fairyland as a distinct domain, but also imagines fairies as living in everyday surroundings such as hills, trees, and streams and sees fairy rings, fairy tables, and fairy steeds in natural objects. Fairy tales have been popular with people all over the world from earliest times. Many of them were made up thousands of years ago. People then passed them down through word of mouth. The tales changed over time. As the stories were retold, the tellers added some details and left others out. Although we think of fairy tales as children’s stories, the earliest fairy tales were stories for adults. The stories were meant mainly for entertainment, although some fairy tales also contain a moral. The message of “The Ugly Duckling,” for example, suggests that people who are considered unattractive or unpopular as children may have their true worth and beauty discovered in adulthood. Not all fairy tales date from early times!
PERRAULT, ANDERSEN, AND THE GRIMM BROTHERS
Of course! You may have not bothered for author’s name while reading a book. The reason is it took you to a different world as soon as you start reading. You will imagine yourself being in a fairyland and playing around with fairies!
Many of the fairy tales we know today come to us in versions first published by French writer Charles Perrault. Perrault told the stories of “Sleeping Beauty,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Cinderella,” as well as many others. Hans Christian Andersen made up his own fairy stories. In addition to “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” they include “The Snow Queen,” “The Red Shoes,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Thumbelina.” Andersen’s fairy tales later inspired plays, ballets, movies, and works of art.
The German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm collected fairy tales in the early 1800s and published them in a classic work known as Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Familiar characters from their stories include Hansel and Gretel, Snow White etc.
MODERN VERSION OF FAIRY TALES
It’s true that as we grow up; we laze out for a long time. Nowadays hardly few youngsters only love to enjoy reading with books. Even kids do not show any interest. For them taking book in hand has become an offensive punishment (just kidding). Yes, the reason behind is the fairies and their world have been incorporated into screen as motion pictures. Who doesn’t love to watch an animation movie (3D)? Being seated at theater or home, you are transferred to that world! You can shake your hands, dance with them and even evil forces attack you and what about counterattack in saving your favorite characters….it seems so interesting. Less than three hours, you are done with a fairy tale which would have taken you days and days if you sit out to read a book!
I’m sure you are reading this as your passion for fairy tales or may be being a good reader. Do you want to rove in your fairy land, then why not to begin a tale of your fairy today itself?