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Today I’m continuing with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge hosted by Arlee Bird and his team of awesome bloggers. My theme is: Elements and features of speculative fiction and entertainment. So throughout April I will be blogging about characters, objects and themes that appear in sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian series. Today’s post is all about Fairytales.
Fairytales are stories from folklore that feature several fantasy characters and supernatural elements. In the past they were told orally and passed down from generation to generation, before writers such as the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen wrote down their own versions and published collections. Later, Walt Disney popularised many of the classic fairytales and added elements of their own.
At the moment, fairytale re-tellings are an enormously popular sub-genre of fantasy fiction and entertainment. Recently there has been a boom of fairytale films like Snow White and the Huntsman, Red Riding Hood, Tangled, Jack and the Giant Killer, Alice in Wonderland, Oz the Great and Powerful and Frozen. The TV show Once Upon a Time also has a steady fan following, and has encouraged more readers to delve into the realm of fairytales. Here are some examples:
Red Riding Hood
Beauty and the Beast
The Princess and the Frog
Hansel and Gretel
Jack and the Beanstalk
What is your favourite fairytale? Have you read any re-tellings or seen any recent movie adaptations? What’s the next fairytale you would like to see reinvented?