The Fairy Tale Tag #FantasyMonth

Today I’m excited to join in on the Fairy Tale Tag created by The Fairy Tale Central! They’re having a month-long celebration of fairy tales this February, and Jenelle Schmidt is hosting February is Fantasy Month, so I’m all here for all the fairy tale and fantasy goodness. *grins* Be sure to check both of them out!

THE QUESTIONS

– What’s an obscure fairy tale you love?

Can I get away with calling The Twelve Dancing Princesses obscure? No? *cough* Maybe the Six Swans. 🙂 Or East of the Sun, West of the Moon? Or Tam Lin?

– If you got to choose Disney’s next animated princess movie, what fairy tale would you choose to be adapted?

Twelve Dancing Princesses because it needs to be a movie and it would be super fun! Although it would have to be more like Tangled than like most of Disney’s princess movies. 😉

– What is the first fairy tale you remember hearing when you were a child?

Wow, what an excellent question. I don’t really know?? I do remember a neat Cinderella picture book we had . . . so maybe that? Or Beauty and the Beast? Or Snow White and Rose Red? Or The Twelve Dancing Princesses . . . I just kind of don’t remember a time BEFORE I knew fairy tales. XD

– If you were to embark on a fairy tale quest, what necessities would you pack in your bag?

*rubs hands together* Okay. I would definitely bring some kind of magically re-filling water jug (especially if I ended up in a desert). And one of those table-cloths that provides you with food when you put it out. Next up, certainly a journal and several pens, so I could make sure to record everything that happens. A hairbrush or comb (though I would make sure I didn’t get it from Snow White’s stepmother). A pair of seven-league boots (because obviously). A map (of course!). A pouch of gold and silver coins (probably hidden so that bandits won’t find them). A knife or two. And a small dragon who can ride in my bag and stick his head out and keep me company. There. I think those are the necessities…

– What’s your favorite fairy tale trope?

Not sure if it’s necessarily fairy tale specific, but I do love me a good missing-heir or return-of-the-rightful-king trope.

– If you could be any fairy tale character archetype (the princess, the soldier, fairy godmother, talking animal, mischievous imp, wise old woman, evil stepmother/sister, etc.), who would you want to be and why?

Again, not sure if this is fairy tale specific, or more fantasy-in-general, but I would love to be the librarian or bard (or both!) — or maybe scribe — so that I can hang out in the libraries or tell stories or record things.

– What animal/mythical creature would be your sidekick for fairy tale adventures?

A gryphon! Because they are underappreciated (even though dragons are cool) and have feathers, and are AWESOME, and I could ride it. I named my cat after a gryphon (from Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones), so yes.

– What is your favorite historical era, and what fairy tale would you love to see in that setting?

1700s because of the pistols and costumes and things. I was going to fall back on my usual answer of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, but it seems that many of the retellings I’ve read DO have some sort of pistols-era as the setting . . . So I’m not sure.

Oh! Cinderella.

I am totally planning to do one with Cinderella either in a steampunk or fictional 18th-century-esque setting, where there’s a sort of revolution, and pistols and things, and Cinderella is a spy sent to gather intel on the prince. *grins*

– If you could change a fairy tale’s villain into a hero, who would you choose and why?

I’m usually content to leave the heroes and villains in their proper place . . . Does the Huntsman from Snow White count? I know he’s more of a minion/anti-hero, and people often turn him into a good character, but he has a lot of potential for that. 😛

– Do you prefer fairy tales with happy endings or sad/tragic endings? why or why not?

HAPPY ALL THE WAY. I associate happy endings with fairy tales and while not all of them are, I think it’s an important part of them. See also J. R. R. Tolkien’s essay On Fairy Stories, which includes important thoughts on Eucatastrophe and myth and so forth. But I think that we need happy endings, to remind us that good wins in the end and that we can keep going, instead of despairing because there’s no hope left. Life is sad enough without having to have tragedy in our fiction too, which should show us the potential of heroism and happy endings and all good things we can strive toward, and lift a burden from our shoulders as we read, instead of heaping another one on. That’s why I loathe sad/tragic endings, and why, while everyone is obviously entitled to their own opinions, I don’t intend to change my stance on them. Happy endings forever! 🙂


There you are! I hope you enjoyed this, and feel free to join in on the tag and share your link in the linkup (open through February) at this post!

12 thoughts on “The Fairy Tale Tag #FantasyMonth

  1. YOU DID THE TAG! YAY!!!

    Twelve Dancing Princesses definitely, definitely needs to be a movie! Just…yeah, as good as Tangled. XD But can you imagine how beautiful a 12DP movie could be? *dreamy sigh* We needs one, precious.

    You are SO prepared for your fairy tale quest. I love it! XD

    Ooooh, missing heir tropes are SO EPIC!!! (Aragorn, anyone? *grins*) I’m basically a sucker for any type of story that has someone becoming royalty in some complex way. Rags-to-riches, like Cinderella, is one of my faaaves!

    You would be a PERFECT fairy tale scribe. Oh my goodness, that is the best!

    YESSSS FOR GRYPHONS. A gryphon companion would be EPIC.

    *squeaks excitedly over your mention of your Cinderella spy story*

    Yay for happy endings!!!

    This was so very much fun to read. Thank you for joining in!!!

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    • YESSS! It was so much fun! 😀

      We definitely need one. Just imagine all the gorgeous shots and costumes!

      Haha, thanks. I was trying to cover all my bases. XD

      Yesssss! Heirs and royalty and rags to riches. So classic!

      Thank you! It just seems like it would be fun to be a scribe. ^_^

      I love dragons, but gryphons are underappreciated. XD

      *cackles about the Cinderella spy story* You have no idea… *evil grin*

      I’m so glad it was fun! Thank YOU for the awesome tag and for reading!

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    • Fantastic!! 😀 *is excited about this idea* Mine mayyy be transitioning into my steampunk world…

      Thank you! Ahaha! That makes me feel good about my list because I feel like you would be really good at coming up with a practical list of things for a quest. 😀

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  2. I love Tam Lin! And East O’ the Sun, West of the Moon! And pretty much all the fairy tales you mentioned! XD

    Being a fantasy librarian or bard would be wonderful. It sounds like such a fun job.

    I LOVE YOUR IDEA FOR 18TH CENTURY CINDERELLA SO MUCH. I want to read it!

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  3. Loved reading your answers! I am totally stealing this tag once Fantasy Month is over!!! 🙂

    I love happy endings, as well. While I don’t MIND a tragedy every now and then, happy endings are very much my preference.

    Your preparations sound very well-thought-out. I think you’ll be fine, no matter what fairy tale you end up in! 🙂

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