- Justice is usually seen to be done for the oppressed, even if it does take time and a fairy godmother to achieve it.
- Villains get their comeuppance (which is the other side of the coin to 1 above).
- There is no tweeness about any decent fairy tale. Villains are portrayed as such (no excuses). The worst characteristics are shown for what they are.
- I particularly like fairytales where the "victims" are not passive. I'm thinking of things like Aladdin where the boy figures things out while stuck in the cave and has already stood up to his so-called uncle. I also like tales where the hero makes mistakes but learns from them.
- Positive virtues can be portrayed well. I'm thinking of The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde especially here as that shows material things are not the key to happiness.
I'll be looking at my favourite fairytales on my next Chandler's Ford Today post, which is due next Friday, 31st July. 2015, but I thought for this blog I'd have a brief look at just why I love fairytales in the first place. The general principles in fairytales I like the most can be summarised below.
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.