Are fairy tales an escape from reality, or a window into a more real world we cannot see? Sulamith Wulfing, a renowned fairy tale artist of the early 1900's, is reported to have had visions into this deeper reality, and would be far from saying that fairy tales are a world of falsehood. Her artwork, … Continue reading A World of Real Fairy Tales
I've always been curious about this poem. I love the artwork and play/films it has inspired, but I confess that the classic-ness of the poem eludes me. Maybe it's because it's John Milton - I've never been able to really enjoy him. This poem is nice, and pleasant to read, but it doesn't stir my … Continue reading Sabrina Fair
So...there is NO fairy tale called The Seven Swans, although I've often referred to it by accident. Turns out, there are several different fairy tales that include the words 'seven' and 'swans', and are all much the same story: "The Seven Ravens," "The Six Swans," and "The Wild (or Eleven) Swans." There's also the story "The … Continue reading The Seven Swans
This is Charles Perrault's brilliant "Cinderella," as translated by Andrew Lang in his famous Blue Fairy Book, matched mostly with the original, gorgeously delicate illustrations of Henry Justice Ford. I LOVE Cinderella! As probably my favorite fairy tale of all time, it's fitting that this is the first I completed in this slideshow series. What other … Continue reading A Cinderella with a Sense of Humor: The Little Glass Slipper
From Snow White to Coco, I will be rating each film individually...
Chapter 1 Once upon a time, Jack ruled well and wisely, and made many enemies. All the citizens of his kingdom loved him like their own father, and took a personal interest in all his family affairs. They had rejoiced when his daughter Rose married her wonderful husband Prince Joseph, and they mourned when his … Continue reading Morte de Jack – the Fourth Part of the Jack Saga
"Far out in the ocean the water is as blue as the petals of the loveliest cornflower, and as clear as the purest glass." The opening lines of this fairy tale immediately set the tone. Reminiscent of fragrance and translucence, Anderson prefigures the ending of his tale, when the little mermaid will become an airy … Continue reading The Little Mermaid: An Immortal Soul
There was once an old castle that stood in the middle of a large thick wood, and in the castle lived an old fairy. All the day long she flew about in the form of an owl, or crept about the country like a cat; but at night she always became an old woman again. … Continue reading “Jorinda and Jorindel” by Brothers Grimm
BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM Long before you and I were born there reigned, in a country a great way off, a king who had three sons. This king once fell very ill, so ill that nobody thought he would live. His sons were very much grieved at their father’s sickness; and as they walked weeping … Continue reading The Water of Life
BY ELIZABETH RUSSELL It is a truth universally acknowledged that the fairy tale princesses of Perrault, Anderson, Grimm, etc., were written to be heroines, role models, perfect representations of the perfect woman; an archetype, if you will. Snow White's habit of lying around in a coffin teaches girls passive acceptance. Sleeping Beauty reminds them that beauty triumphs over … Continue reading Fairy Tale Princesses – The Heroine, the Anti-hero, and the Victim
What is a Fairy Tale?