- Justice will happen eventually. See the fate of Cinderella's stepmother and ugly sisters. See the fate of the big bad wolf. And that's just two examples.
- Loyalty is important. I think this is best shown in The Snow Queen and also Hansel and Gretel given, in both cases, the main characters are fantastically loyal to each other. They will do all they can to help the other.
- Self sacrifice isn't an issue. If it needs to be done, it is. This ties in with 2 above. Frodo and Sam from Lord of the Rings are the best examples here. Frodo's sacrifice is obvious but Sam gives up so much to stay with his friend.
- Common sense is valued. The Three Little Pigs is a good example of this. In the classic version it is only the sensible pig who built with bricks that survived. In kinder versions, he takes in his more foolish brothers. The wolf still gets his comeuppance though.
- Monsters will be defeated. In a world where so many monsters are not defeated (certainly not quickly anyway), to come across this in fiction can be a comfort.
One reason I love fairytales (and fantasy in general) is that they have a wide range of themes, all of which appeal to me a lot. I see the themes as:-
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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.