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  • Writer's pictureKristina Elyse Butke

The Fairy Tale Tag

A drawing of a fox, deer, and horse in the woods. The Fairy Tale Tag.
Photo by Дмитрий Хрусталев-Григорьев on Unsplash

Today's post comes from Christine Smith and Geeking By Net. Created by the folks at Fairy Tale Central, this tag is all about fairy tales -- obscure and well-known alike. Put on your glass slippers and hop into your pumpkin coach! It's time to get this party started!

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What's an obscure fairy tale you love?

I've got a couple, though I don't know how obscure they are: "Jorinde and Joringel," "The Juniper Tree," and "Hans, My Hedgehog."

If you got to choose Disney’s next animated princess movie, what fairy tale would you choose to be adapted?

I think I'd like to see "The Wild Swans" adapted. It's one of my favorite stories. Or maybe "The Little Match Girl."

You know what? I wouldn't mind if Disney tackled some more ballets. "Swan Lake" and "The Nutcracker" have been animated by other studios, but it would be neat to see what Disney does with them.

What is the first fairy tale you remember hearing when you were a child?

I think it was "Sleeping Beauty."

If you were to embark on a fairy tale quest, what necessities would you pack in your bag?

I'd have a magic concealing cloak of some kind, a basket with food, a dagger, a set of matches, and the nuts with three magical dresses inside of them in case I need to convince anyone I was a princess. A magic carpet wouldn't hurt, either.

What’s your favorite fairy tale trope?

I like animal bridegroom stories where love and transformation occur. I also like stories where people have to collect impossible things to break a spell.

If you could be any fairy tale character archetype (the princess, the soldier, fairy godmother, talking animal, mischievous imp, wise old woman, evil stepmother/sister, etc.), who would you want to be and why?

I think I would love to be a fairy godmother. I want to wear a beautiful costume, have pretty wings and ears, and be a benevolent force for good who helps people in need.

What animal/mythical creature would be your sidekick for fairy tale adventures?

A talking fox or a unicorn would be an excellent companion.

What is your favorite historical era, and what fairy tale would you love to see in that setting?

This is really hard for me. I choose eras by their fashions. First place would be the 18th century (the court of Marie Antoinette), followed by Tudor England, followed by the late Victorian era.

I wouldn't mind seeing the "12 Dancing Princesses" in each era. The clothing would be gorgeous.

If you could change a fairy tale’s villain into a hero, who would you choose and why?

Wow, this is also a hard question! I think I'd like to take the Evil Queen from Snow White and make her a more sympathetic character. This has been done recently in YA fantasy, so it's not an original idea, but it would be fun to play with. The witch in Rapunzel would also be another one I'd like to tinker with.

Do you prefer fairy tales with happy endings or sad/tragic endings? Why or why not?

I prefer fairy tales with a little bit of sadness that always end with a happy ending. I feel like that's the promise of the genre -- "and they all lived happily ever after." I'm a sucker for good endings and happy resolutions, even when a fairy tale ventures into darker territory. I just want people to be okay coming out of the journey. I want it to be all worth it in the end.

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This tag originated in February 2020 for a special blog event, and that event has passed, but you can still fill out this tag on your own. Add it to your own website or answer any one of the questions in the comments below. I hope you enjoyed this!


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