- They have unlikely heroes/heroines (nearly all come from a humble background too).
- Magic is used positively and negatively (and indeed sometimes the clash of the story is when the practitioners of magic are trying to outdo each other).
- Any cursed object will turn up at an inconvenient point to wreak havoc on the story.
- Justice will be done (often quite grimly, no wonder kids love fairytales!).
- Evil will never win. It is a question of finding out just how the goodies win.
- Characters are clearly defined. You know who to cheer on and, conversely, who to boo for!
- Magic will be used when other options are not available. For some reason Cinderella's fairy godmother did not feel it necessary to intervene sooner than she did.
- All magical food and drink is to treated with extreme caution. At best they end up affecting your height. At worse they're poisoned.
- Animals talk (what they say often makes more sense than what humanoids come out with!). Animals can also be the heroes/heroines at time. See Puss in Boots. I like the idea of animals being shown to be smarter than humans at times.
- The hero/heroine will always need specic guidance en route to the final destination. That guiance or help can come in difering forms though.
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.