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Sunday, January 12, 2014

30 Days of Dragons-Day 16: Favorite Fairy Tales

This post is part of my 30 Days of Dragons series in anticipation of the launch of my novel Dragon's Curse.

While Dragon's Curse is a romantic fantasy, it is also very much a fairy tale. I don't tend to write elaborate epic fantasies. Almost everything I do write has an element of folklore to it. I grew up reading fairy tales and was always sifting through books looking for a new tale or a new version.

So for this post I thought I would discuss some of my favorites.

Probably my absolute favorite, and one I would very much like to do a novelization of some day, is The Blue Bird. Found in The Green Fairy Book, this tale has a lot of elements I love, a transformed king separated from his beloved, a misunderstanding separating them, and a girl who fights through everything to be reunited with her love (you can find the whole text here.)

The Green Fairy Book (Dover Children's Classics)

I do like it when the female character has to fight for her man. Perhaps that is why another favorite is East of the Sun, West of the Moon which was novelized as East by author Edith Pattou.

You can read this Norwegian fairy tale here. It involves a girl who is taken to live with a magical white bear who believe it or not, turns out to be an enchanted prince!

And a third favorite is The White Cat. This French fairy tale has a lot of familiar themes, but I love the lovely, kind, White Cat and her kingdom of cats. 



Do you have a favorite fairy tale?



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5 comments:

  1. It looks like you have some great inspirations. My two eldest daughters both read your novel, A Tale in Two Parts, over the holiday and enjoyed it very much. Samantha wanted me to tell you that her name is Samantha too. :)

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    1. That's awesome. It is always exciting to find your name in print, especially if you aren't named something common.

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  2. I love fairy tales, and have so many favorites. I'm not sure if you mean my favorite fairy tale that actually has fairies, but if not mine would be "Three Billy Goats Gruff" I have this thing with goats right now, as my family and I are starting to make arrangements to sometime this year welcome some Nigerian Dwarf goats on our minifarm. I've always loved goats, and my Great Pyrenees would love to have something to herd. I'm sure my neighbor would appreciate it. He never says anything, but I'm sure his cows aren't fans of being herded together by a giant, fluffy white thing. :D

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    1. To me a fairy tale is any traditional tale with a taste of the fantastic. I think having a troll qualifies the goats. GPs are beautiful dogs. My sister in law has one named Zeus. We have a German Shepherd who thinks he runs the place but the only thing he herds is our cat.

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    2. Haha, all of our furbabies think they run the place, too. We enable them to that belief by pretty much planning our lives around them. Besides Jethro the Great Pyrenees, we have a German Shepherd mix(super loving and for some reason hero-worships Jethro), a rather grumpy Beagle(she'll be 16 in June, so it's expected), and four cats who all think they are the greatest thing since sliced bread(which, of course, they are :P).
      I agree about the fairy tales, but some people are a bit more picky about stuff like that. :)

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