- Not all fairytales end happily.
- Not all fairytales are feel good stories.
- Not all feel good stories are fairytales.
I recently went to see the National Theatre Live production of As You Like It and loved it. The setting was modern but the language was the timeless words of Shakespeare. But the story itself, full of sub-plots, had a wonderful pace to it and is a great example of a feel good tale. It really does have a fairytale ending in the nicest sense (maybe that was why I loved it!).
I'm a great believer in having a wide range of stories in terms of mood and genre. I don't want to read or write bleak and bitter (though I recognise there is a place for it) yet equally a literary diet made up only of lighter, frothy work is not ideal either. And given the Bard of Avon clearly must have felt similarly given his wide range of comedies, tragedies and histories, I guess I am in very good company for wanting to read and write widely in terms of genre and mood.