Monday, November 7, 2011

Fairy Tale Explosion - You Tell Me...

While I was enjoying Grimm and Once Upon a Time this weekend, and looking forward to the two new Snow White movies and browsing through all the fairy tale retellings that are out in book form, I paused for a moment to marvel at everyone gettin' their fairy tale on lately.

Now, I'm loving it. I'm a HUGE fairy tale nerd. I've got more fairy tale books then you can shake a stick at and I keep buying more (I say they are for my kids but...yeah...not so much) ;-) I love the originals, the Disney versions, the tales from other cultures, the new tellings, the old tellings. I love them ALL. I'd  love to write my own retelling and even started doing so several times (but shelved them for various reasons).

But it's got me curious. Why do you think there has been such a fairy tale explosion lately?

5 comments:

Mark Noce said...

They're great motifs and I don't think fairy tales ever really go away. They're a part of your myth and consciousness, and I'm glad for it:)

Stephanie McGee said...

They're timeless. I think that's the real appeal of these stories. The originals are so basic, so stripped down, that anyone can relate to them. I hope it sticks around for a while, too, as I've got a reimagining that I need to edit and get on the road to publication.

That said, I tried to get into both Once Upon a Time and Grimm but I just couldn't.

I am looking forward to both Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror, Mirror (they just released the title of that second Snow White movie). I'll be interested to see both interpretations of the story.

Katrina L. Lantz said...

I agree with Mark. Just classic story lines with a hero's tale. Like you Michelle, I'm enjoying the outburst of fairy tale remakes. Sometimes the liberties artists take with them make me cringe, but that's the risk you take when you re-imagine something beloved (ask anybody who's remade a comic book hero lately). When the risk pays off and the new story builds on and gives deeper meaning to the old one, it's just beautiful!

Kara said...

I agree that they are timeless. I love fairytales. I even wrote one about my family for my girls one Valentine's day:) I'm just a happily ever after sort!

Tere Kirkland said...

I think the appeal of these stories right now is partly due to the popularity of YA and fantasy novels being adapted for the big screen (and cable network series, of course.)

Then, naturally, once one network decides to do a show with a fairy-tale bent, the next gets wind of it and decides they need their own paranormal show since it's trending... and all of a sudden we have a fairy-tale-spolsion. ;)

So while I think audience appeal has driven movies and some shows, other networks are just hopping on the bandwagon while it's "hot."