Fairer-Than-A-Fairy: Wicked Faeries in Fairytales

Fairer-than-a-Fairy is a story found in Andrew Lang’s Yellow Fairy Book.    It is one example of wicked faeries in the fairytales.  The wicked fairy in Fairer-than-a-Fairy takes a young princess away from her father in anger over the fact that she was named Fairer-than-a-Fairy.   Her name was viewed as insulting to the faeries!…

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Into the Woods

The musical Into the Woods was made into a Disney movie musical in 2014.     The beauty of this musical is that it is a mashup of several beloved fairytales!    There is the Jack and the Beanstalk storyline, the Little Red Riding Hood storyline, the Cinderella storyline, and the Rapunzel storyline!   We…

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The Perrault and Grimm’s Tellings of Cinderella

The Grimm Brothers version of Cinderella is much different from the Charles Perrault one that was made most famous as the basis of the Disney classic!    Of course it is true that both versions offer the same basic story.    An orphaned girl is left in the care of her wicked step-mother upon her…

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The Sleeping Beauty Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty Ballet was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.   It is based on the fairytale of Sleeping Beauty.   It is one of three ballets composed by Tchaikovsky.    It is my personal favorite Tchaikovsky ballet, and actually my favorite ballet of all time!   I am, in fact, walking down the aisle…

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Beauty in Fairytales

The subject of beauty in fairytales is one that is present in many folk tales.   The word beauty even appears on titles of fairytales like Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty. In Snow White the Wicked Queen is a prime example of vanity in a woman who is aging.   The Queen is…

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Fairytale Re-Imaginings

Today I want to discuss the multitude of fairytale re-imaginings that have become so popular in the last decade.   The major surge in re-imaginings in my opinion began with Once Upon a Time in 2011.    Also in 2011 the film version of the novel Beastly came out.   In 2014 Maleficent turned the…

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Maleficent

Maleficent is the antagonist of Disney’s 1959 Sleeping Beauty.   She is a wicked faery who has the magical ability to transform into a dragon.   In 2014 the story of Sleeping Beauty was re-imagined in Disney’s Maleficent.   She was portrayed by Angelina Jolie, and Elle Fanning brought life to Aurora!   In 2019…

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My Top Five Disney Princesses

~In this post I will be focusing on specifically the Disney adaptations of these classic fairytale heroines! Number 5: Belle from Beauty and the Beast ~In the Disney version Belle is a beautiful book worm with a large heart!    It is such a joy to watch this loving heroine!   A bonus is getting…

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Rapunzel

Today I would like to discuss one of my favorite fairytales, and with one of my favorite Disney adaptations, Rapunzel! The tale of Rapunzel is one that has been told many ways by several authors over the centuries.   The most famous of these authors were The Brothers Grimm.   In their telling Rapunzel is…

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My Top 5 Favorite Mermaid Films

Number 5: The Lure (2015) ~This Polish film is a twisted take on the mermaid film, and as bonus it’s also a musical.   Check it out for a gory fun filled ride! Number 4: Aquamarine (2006) ~This film is a delightful adaptation of the beloved book by Alice Hoffman (of Practical Magic fame)!  …

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