- Fairytales are usually amongst the first stories people know and they linger in the memory partly for that reason I think.
- Fairytales can be happy or sad.
- Fairytales can be a great vehicle for humour and irony.
- Fairytales don't have to be to a set length. I've just read Hans Christen Andersen's The Travelling Companion for the first time. It's a long story but a good one. Highly recommend.
- Fairytales can be short stories, flash fiction or novels.
- Fairytales can inspire other genres, fantasy being the most obvious one.
- Fairytales can get messages across without preaching.
- Fairytales can be in "layers", something Hans Christen Andersen was brilliant at, given his stories can be appreciated by children and adults. The latter of course can read more into the stories.
- Fairytales can and do bite. There's a sharpness to tales like The Little Match Girl.
- Fairytales generally lend themselves well to being adapted to other formats.
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.