National Tell A Fairy Tale Day
Make yourself comfortable by gathering around the fire. National Tell A Fairy Tale Day focuses on exploring myths, stories, old and new. Tap the dark corners of your subconscious to discover what you can find, from urban legends to grim(m) stories.
Sharing magical, otherworldly stories is an old tradition. Although Madame d’Aulnoy coined the term “fairy tale” in 1697 (conte des fees in her native French), some fairy tales may have been created as far back as the bronze age, which is more than 6,000 years ago. For most of history fairy tales were passed down from generation to generation via oral tradition.
You can trace the fairy tale’s roots all around the globe, from Vikram Betaal in India to Aesop‚Äôs Fables of Ancient Greece to Arabian Nights Middle East. The emergence of fairy tale collectors was in the late 17th and early 19th centuries, with Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm being the most prominent. The Brothers Grimm tried to preserve folktales as they were, by documenting them in their original form. Hans Christian Andersen, however, reworked fairy stories for artistic and literary effect.
The fairy tale’s story is evolving into modern times. It’s evident that this genre is still popular. Just look at the success of Disney films to see how these stories continue capturing our imaginations and hearts. The famous Disney castle was actually inspired by Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany. It was built by Ludwig II of Bavaria (fairy-tale King). Neuschwanstein is perched on a hill, and a horse-drawn carriage takes you up to the front door. There are many legends and myths about Neuschwanstein.
National Tell A Fairy Tale Day is a way to continue the magic tradition that ensures fairy tales remain a part of our lives today.
One of the most fascinating aspects of fairy tales, is their ability to change over time. These stories are easy to adapt and reinterpret because they have simple plot structures, common motifs and archetypal characters that can be found across cultures.
While fairy tales are often associated with children’s literature, it may surprise you to discover that many of the most beloved stories today have dark and disturbing roots. Imagine a world where Little Red Riding Hood is not saved by wolves, and in which one stepister cuts her toes to fit her slipper. Many fairy tales have been reworked and toned down since the 18th century.
The stories, and the genre itself, have been adapted for various time periods and cultures. There are many retellings of fairy tales that can be found in modern times, such as those set in cities or other countries. Women writers are a common source of retellings. Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood are two examples of women writers who have rewritten old tropes about women. The damsel-in-distress becomes the plucky heroine and the trapped bride gives up her ogre husband to live happily ever after.
Albert Einstein once stated, “If your children want to be intelligent, then read them fairy tales.” You can make them smarter by reading them more fairy tales. Einstein was a noted theoretical physicist who recognized the value of imagination. Both children and adults can benefit greatly from fairy tales when learning about the world around us and developing their creativity. Psychoanalysts also consider fairy tales to be fertile ground. Our favorite stories can reveal the inner workings of our subconscious and the basic elements of our collective psyche through their familiar characters, twists and turns and age-old themes.
You should now be able to let your imagination run wild when celebrating National Tell A Fairy Tale Day. It’s a day kids will love, but it’s also a wonderful occasion for adults.
Get together your family members and friends to share your favorite stories. It’s time to improve your acting skills. Whether you are a skilled actor who can imitate a wicked witch, or a master at bringing the story to life for your friends and family, it’s important to make the tale truly come alive. To add to the atmosphere, why not set up fairy lights or toast marshmallows by the fire pit?
Fairy tales can be shared with our loved ones, and they are a great way to get creative and improve your writing skills. You can take a story you already know and adapt it for a different setting or time, or even create your own. Although it may start with “Once upon A Time”, you can make your own version. Many libraries and literary associations will also be sharing stories and creative resources, and may even host events to mark the occasion.
There are many films and programs that are based on fairy tales, even if writing is not your thing. Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Cinderella are just a few examples of adaptations made by the media giant. TV series like Tell Me a Story and Into the Woods also retell classic fairy tales and interweave them for new audiences.
If you’re feeling adventurous, host a fairy-tale themed party. Invite your guests to dress up in fancy clothes, serve delicious snacks like gingerbread houses or toadstool cupcakes and host legendary party games such as hunt the pea or castle building.
It doesn’t matter how you celebrate National Tell A Fairy Tale Day.