Pretty cool, huh? :)
Thinking About Fairy Tales will be a bi-weekly feature. I will be focusing on one Fairy Tale at a time, explaining the origins, talking about different variations and - of course - spotlighting and recommending related books and retellings.
What do we consider a Fairy Tale? According to Wikipedia "a Fairy Tale is a type of short narrative that typically features such folkloric characters, such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, dwarves, giants or gnomes, and usually magic or enchantments. (...) In cultures where demons and witches are perceived as real, fairy tales may merge into legends, where the narrative is perceived both by teller and hearers as being grounded in historical truth. However, unlike legends and epics, they usually do not contain more than superficial references to religion and actual places, people, and events; they take place once upon a time rather than in actual times." For the sake of the Thinking About Fairy Tales feature, lets also add mythology and all sorts of legends, alright?
I will start posting Thinking About Fairy Tales in January 2012. You can expect to see it twice a month, every month :)
Here's what I need your help with!!!
I have plenty of ideas as to which Fairy Tales to feature, I just can't make up my mind what to start with. Would you please help me decide by voting on the poll below? :) Much appreciated!
If you have other suggestions - please feel free to leave a comment! I am open to literally ANYTHING, mythology, fables, tales, legends, even urban legends :) I can't wait to hear what your suggestions are and what you think about this upcoming feature :)