- Cinderella's fairy godmother thinking it perfectly okay to send her client to dance in uncomfortable glass slippers with no real explanation as to why the intended fur ones had not turned up. (And she could have made it artificial fur too). Just as well said fairy godmother wasn't on the receiving end of some awkward questions (put to her by an equally powerful magical being so she couldn't zap her way out of the embarrassment).
- Failure to warn folk of talking wolves who think nothing of dressing up in human clothes and pretending to be Grandma. This has to be odd in anyone's reckoning.
- Failure to warn that dancing in red shoes could easily be the last thing you ever get to do. Okay, the tale does specify one particular pair of red shoes and there may have been a wish not to cause panic amongst the world's shoe buying population, but there should still have been a general Health and Safety warning so folk would have known exactly what they were getting into (literally!).
- A failure to put out an anti-bullying message with regard to the Ugly Duckling. It should have been specified looks are not everything. (The Beast in Beauty and the Beast could have backed that message too).
- A failure to warn Rapunzel that growing her hair so long it could be used as a rope would be bound to be put incredible strain on her spine, especially when said hair was used for climbing. The girl was lucky to escape injury.
With From Light to Dark and Back Again now out, I'm of course thinking of promoting and things like that. This led me to wonder what PR failures the fairytale world might be guilty of and my list would be:-
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.