- Fairytales are popular with all ages.
- Fairytales can be grim, funny, a mix of the two, long, short and are highly adaptable.
- Fairytales can be spoofed (it's a good sign of a strong structure when spoofs are possible).
- Fairytales can be a great way of getting a message across without preaching.
- Fairytales are tailor made to "show and not tell".
- Fairytales are great for showing the Rule of Three. (The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and so on).
- Fairytales can be a great way of showing up human nature for what it is (this is why they can be grim at times!).
- Fairytales are wonderful for being read aloud (great for reading to children of course and I think early memories of favourite stories will almost certainly include fairytales read out loud during childhood).
- Justice is seen to be done in fairytales, an appealing thought given it doesn't always happen in life.
- The underdog often becomes the hero. Again an appealing thought given life can often trample down said underdog.
Ironically some fairytale characters do not live for that long (not many big, bad wolves are send to rehab to get help with their "issues"!) but the story structure itself has a long history and will continue to survive. Why?
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.