- Strong characters, not necessarily likeable ones.
- A clear hero/heroine and equally clear villain. These do not have to be the obvious ones - ~Shrek inverts this beautifully.
- A clear and worthy goal for our hero/heroine.
- For the villain to have good reasons to oppose the hero/heroine yet still be clearly wrong.
- As an alternative to 4, for the villain to be totally evil so it makes it easy to cheer the hero/heroine along.
- Some magical elements.
- A good ending (doesn't necessarily have to be happy, Hans Christen Andersen proves that).
- A plot which has a good pace to it so readers are glued to the page (but not literally, it can get messy!).
- The right mood. Often fairytales can be funny, often they can be sad. It does have to be relevant to the story.
- To be the right length for the story. Some are better off as short, or even flash, pieces yet The Snow Queen to name one example is a long tale and needs to be.
What fairytales need can be summed up as:-
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.