This week: Fairy Tales ~ Telling a StoryEdited by: Kate Reading & Writing ^_^
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Fairy Tales are not just for kids.
"The way to read a fairy tale is to throw yourself in."
W. H. Auden
Welcome to this week's Writing.Com Fantasy newsletter, where we explore what might be, if we look just past the corner of the eye.
“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
Edgar Allan Poe
Greetings, I am honored to be the guest editor for this issue of the Writing.Com Fantasy Newsletter. I believe that all creative writing, be it poetry or prose, has an element of fantasy. We write what we know, perceive, and imagine.
With all the definitions and forms of the word 'fantasy', note that each definition begins with the word 'imagination'.
Is that not what we writers do? ~ Observe, perceive, or visualized an object, emotion, situation, and with pen/pencil, or keyboard, use words to develop a story or a poem that relates that observation, perception, or vision.
One of my favorite types of fantasy stories are fairy tales. Though the term fairy tales was first coined in the 17th century to define conversational salon stories (Tales of fairies, by d'Aulnoy), for adults, fairy tales have a long history as literature and oral folktales. Think about it, Aesop's Fables (6th Century BCE), Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
The oral folk tradition of fairy tales is even longer, woven from the history and mythology of the people whose culture it reflects. Some are legendary narratives of interactions with the fairies, elves, dragons and giants which once lived more openly with mortals throughout the world. The ‘fairy tale’ as we now characterize it usually features characters found in such folklore (i.e., fairies, goblins, elves, giants, talking animals) and enchantments, often involving a fantastic sequence of events and most often ending happily. They do not refer to specific locations, persons or time periods, as they often begin “once upon a time.”
Perhaps the best known fairy tales are those compiled by the Brothers Grimm. These began their collected life in print as a collection of oral folktales, originally written in the early 1800s, where the Brothers Grimm sought to preserve the characters and plots of oral German folk tales in written form. In later editions, the stories were edited to make them more suitable for children, so that today's common image of the child's fairy story became defined, along with the coinage of a happy ending, as having a 'fairy tale ending'.
The Fairy Tale continues its evolution today (for adults and kids both), while also holding fast its original and common literary image. American Heritage Dictionary defines a fairy tale as both “1. A fanciful tale of legendary deeds and creatures, usually intended for children,” and “2. A fictitious, highly fanciful story or explanation,” - not just for kids..
Fairy Tales today are read and told today by adults and kids alike. From nursery rhymes (often a child’s first exposure to literature), to some manga (one of my faves, “Sandman”), and individual stories worldwide, creative authors of poetry and prose incorporate at times elements of oral history, science, local color, images, comics, film, manga, along with myth and fantasy.
Fairy Tales today evolve with the vision of the writers of stories and poems who transport us to magical and mystical places and show us events that occurred, or may yet occur, “once upon a time.”
Until the next time,
Kate Reading & Writing ^_^
I'd like to share with you a few of the "Fairy Tales" I found here while looking for some magical reading ~ there's prose and poetry to jump into; some familiar themes, some with a twist, or a tug at your heart, others that may you laugh or roll your eyes
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As a Guest Editor, I don't know if and when I'll be back, but if you write I will see your words and perhaps we'll meet "once upon a time," Until then,
Kate Reading & Writing ^_^
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