- Justice will out (eventually). This occurs time and time again in everything from The Snow Queen to Cinderella and given so often in life, justice does not out eventually, I have a very soft spot for stories in a wide variety of genres where it does. I think this is an area where fairytales are especially strong/moral.
- Being accepted for what you are and not what others think you should be. Again a popular theme and my favourite fairytale, The Ugly Duckling, is probably the best example. The fact the duckling turns out to be beautiful after all is good and a classic happy ever after ending, but in some ways I would have loved this tale even more if it had ended with the duckling being accepted for what it us, no matter how ugly.
- Being anti bullying. Again The Ugly Duckling shows this up wonderfully as does Cinderella and Snow White. Again a favourite theme of mine and yes I was bullied so this topic resonates with me. One thing that has improved over the years has been the increasing awareness of how awful bullying is and can be. As a bullied child, I was cheering on the bullied in the fairytales especially when things were put right for them. I was aware back then, in a vague sense, that life did not suddenly produce fairy godmothers out of nowhere to help people then but I so wanted that to become true!
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.