- Humility is a good thing. Good things come to the humble. (Cinderella, Snow White etc).
- The villains won't get away with it (and a lot of the time will die suitably horribly. The general attitude of fairytales here is it serves them right).
- Never underestimate the capacity of your opponent because they will destroy you given half a chance. (The witch in Hansel and Gretel, the big bad wolf in The Three Little Pigs and so on).
- Your past will come back to haunt you so it is best to have nothing to be ashamed of in the first place or, if that is not possible, to show you really are penitent and have become a new person. (Aladdin has to learn this lesson - and how to develop humiility too).
- Be wary of magical objects, they will be loyal to their owner and it may not always be apparent who that is. (Jack the Giant Killer).
Fairytales are fairly black and white in terms of what they think right attitudes should be. No despising of the ugly, you never know what they are really like underneath (The Ugly Duckling and Beauty and the Beast) to name one example. So what life lessons can be taken from fairytales in particular?
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.