- Justice is nearly always seen to be done.
- When justice is not done, there is still a strong moral point to fairytales. And this is got across without preaching. It is a natural conclusion to the story you pick up for yourself.
- There is often a lot of humour in fairytales.
- They can make great films including spoofs of standard characters. See Shrek for a good example of this.
- They are timeless.
- They can be sharp, short and to the point or a standard story length (2000 words) but whichever type they are, their characters and the outcomes are memorable.
- Every culture has their own set(s) of fairytales so they are truly global.
- They are so often the introduction to other stories and books for children. A love of stories and reading has to start somewhere and fairytales (after nursery rhymes) are the classic way in to a lifetime's love of literature. It was for me!
- Not a word is out of place in any fairytale and they are also usually great examples of the Rule of 3. Two crises and then the resolution and while you know this is going to be the pattern, you're still gripped by it.
- Fairytales and their themes can be a great starting point for your own stories and novels.
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.