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dilshadhg
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(8/7/07 7:28 am)


Importance of fairy tales in today's life
Hey i am working on a paper presentation on fairy tales and i specifically want to deal with the relevance of fairy tales in today's life. i also want to touch upon the subject of realism in fairytales. would any of you be kind enough to help me out with certain examples i could use for the above topics. thank you. :)

vlronn
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(8/7/07 11:09 am)


realism in fairy tales
That's a pretty broad topic. Are you talking about the significance for adults or children? In television, movies, books, advertising? You could write one on the use of fairy tales in advertising or on the importance of fairy tales in our culture.

Marina Warner's From the Beast to the Blonde and Jack Zipes Why Fairy Tales Stick and Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion are good general texts to consult.

There are several excellent articles on the Surlalune web site as well as the Endicott Studio one. The Endicott Studio site is www.endicottstudio.typepad.com with a link there to their quarterly online magazine.

dilshadhg
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(8/9/07 5:50 am)


Re: realism in fairy tales
hey. thanks for that. im dealing with the importance of written fairy tales in the present times so i would be covering most of the topics which you have stated above as well as the various revisions made to various tales in the present times..

Rosemary Lake
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(8/10/07 1:16 am)


revisions
Revision is a popular topic, but many treatments only go back to the Grimms or Perrault, who were themselves making commercial popularizations. Calvino's ITALIAN FOLKTALES, done in the mid-20th century, gives older, more authentic versions, with excellent notes.

MaryCatelli
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(8/10/07 8:36 pm)


Re: revisions
More authentic in the sense from the folklore, but older? One fairy tale he included was "The King of the Peacocks," but he himself noted that it was clearly derived from Madame d'Aulnoy's "Princess Rosette."

Folk tellers, so far from keeping their tales authentic, have been known to seek out written fairy tales in order to pilfer both tales and motifs.

Wonderlicious
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(8/16/07 4:42 pm)


Re: Importance of fairy tales in today's life
Sorry if you've already done the presentation (this post is being made a week after your original post), but I think that it should be noted how the themes of certain fairy-tales resonate with so many people. Whether they concern a late yet beautiful blooming (The Ugly Duckling), escaping oppression (Cinderella), unrequited love (The Little Mermaid...Andersen's original, not so much the Disney film), the cost of a "happy ending" (Rumpelstiltskin) or a hard yet successful search for a lost friend (The Snow Queen), fairy-tales wrap real-life messages in a fanciful way (aka great use of the fantastic) that ultimately makes them timeless.

Terri Windling
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(8/22/07 6:03 am)


Re: Importance of fairy tales in today's life
These articles might be helpful:

The Armless Maiden and the Hero's Journey:
www.endicott-studio.com/r...urney.html

Old Wives Tales: Women's Fairy Tale Art:
www.endicott-studio.com/g...tales.html

Healing the Wounded Wild:
www.endicott-studio.com/r...hands.html

A Million Little Mermaids:
www.endicott-studio.com/r...maids.html


(Other fairy tale articles here:
www.endicott-studio.com/r...index.html )

Also, Spinning Straw Into Gold by Joan Gould is an interesting book on this topic.

Edited by: Terri Windling at: 8/22/07 6:06 am

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