- The candidate has to be more intelligent than your average human. See Puss in Boots for more on this.
- The candidate will know when to demonstrate their remarkable ability to speak which, oddly, enough is always in English in the tales I've read.
- The candidate, if sensible and wanting to have a long life, will also know when to shut up. (Usually in the presence of those humans more intelligent than the normal ones the talking animal meets and they definitely will not cherish the idea of competition on the brains front!).
- The candidate, for reasons best known to the sometimes bizarre logic of the fairytale, will select appropriate human clothing to wear. Let's face it, a talking animal is generally not going to fit in anywhere outside the magical world. Wearing boots is not going to change that.
- The candidate has got to work for the hero/heroine even if the opposition offer better terms and conditions. Talking animals are always on the side of the good guys. (On the rare occasions when they are not, said talking animals die. Probably best to stick to working for the heroes then).
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.