good morning, cyberspace!
GUYS! I am so beyond thrilled to be able to be a part of the lovely blog tour
(the first blog tour I’ve ever been a part of, actually. . . AHAHAHAHAHAHAHELPME) for the SUPER exciting new website run by Arielle, Faith, and Christine*–Fairy Tale Central! This is just my little intro to let you all know that I’m jumping on the blog tour bandwagon, but the actual post–*points down*–will tell you all you need to know about the new site, give links to its social media accounts, and all that exciting jazz that you’re actually interested in reading.
But first, I’d love to take just a few moments of your time to add a couple of my own thoughts to this post. Because WHY NOT, am I right???? Aha. Hahahahaha. *nervous laughter intensifies*
In case you all didn’t know, I’m kind of low-key obsessed with fairy tales.
*cough* understatement *cough* Put quite simply, they are my life**. So to say that I am excited for a website that is all about fairy tales is kind of an understatement. I am quite literally over the moon that there’s now a website strictly dedicated to fairy tales, and I’m thoroughly convinced that the majority of my upcoming Camp NaNoWriMo days are going to be filled with perusing this new site. seriously. someone has to help me out, here.
However, trying to put my thoughts into some semblance of coherency about why I love fairy tales so much has proven to be quite the difficult task. I’ve written this intro over and over and over again, and yet I still can’t seem to pin down my exact thoughts into a normal intro format. So we’re just going to switch over to my preferred method.
— WHY I LOVE FAIRY TALES SO MUCH (and also why we need them) —
ONE . . . At their very core, fairy tales are human
Fairy tales are human. I’m not really sure how else to put it. There’s just something so honest and raw and real about fairy tales, even with all the magic and pixie dust and pirates sprinkled in. There’s something about them that’s able to resonate with our souls and reflect our own world–our own selves, even–through a new light.
Yes, a fairy tale is about as far-flung from reality as you could possibly imagine,
(I mean, I don’t know about you, but I don’t think it’s humanly possible to grow fifty feet of hair. but i digress.) but at the end of the day, the struggles and trials the heroes and heroines conquer are just a twisted reflection of the same struggles and trials we face on a daily basis.
Choosing forgiveness and kindness over bitterness and anger, doing everything within our power to stop time and stay a child forever, making a horrific deal with a sea witch in exchange for a pair of legs. . . << all of these things are things that we–as humans–face. And somehow our hero–though a talking toad with a sentient walking stick he may be–is able to rise above and overcome it.
So maybe, with just a sprinkling of pixie dust and a few doses of comic relief, we can, too.
TWO . . . Happily Ever Afters are never found
^^ this might seem a little confusing at first, but just hear me out for a second, please.
As I mentioned previously, there’s a lot of suffering in a world of fairy tales. There’s endless struggles. There’s pain. There’s heartache and hurt and tragedy and conflict. Otherwise, why bother writing the story, right?
However, in the end, the hero never just stumbles upon a Happily Ever After. They have to work for it. And that is exactly the kind of stories we need.
We need fairy tales in our lives. We need to see that no matter how many times we get knocked down, there’s still a chance to get up again. To try harder. To do better. To be a little kinder. To make it out okay.
It doesn’t matter how many times we fall over or how many bruises and scars we gain. There is always a chance for a Happily Ever After, so long as we have enough persistence and courage to fight for it.
And finally, number three. . .
THREE . . . Fairy Tales are MAGIC***
Fairy tales have been around for as long as the world’s been turning (or it seems like it, anyway), and they have no intention of dying out any time soon.
Why? Because everyone wants to believe in magic. Everyone wants to be whisked away to a magical kingdom. Everyone wants to experience adventure, to become legendary, to be transported to a world away from this one, if only for a little while.
And that’s why fairy tales are so integral to the world of fiction. Sure, any story you pick up can transport you to another world, but what makes a fairy tale a fairy tale is the pure, undiluted magic inside of it. The magic that can make even the hardest of hearts feel like a child again. The magic that makes little girls’ eyes grow wide, that fills us with strength and bravery and courage.
We need that magic. We need that hope and adventure. We need those stories to help us find our way back to the pure, limitless belief we used to cling to. And that, my friends, is why we need fairy tales.
Because everyone–whether they care to admit it or not–needs magic.
So here’s to the creation of a website that will be filled to the brim with the most magical fairy tales! I am so beyond excited to be a part of this tour to help spread the word of its existence, and I hope all my fellow fairy tale lovers out there will hit the links below and check out the new Fairy Tale Central site.
Because seriously, you guys. This is going to be amazing.
* I’ve been following Christine’s blog for quite a while now, and her posts literally NEVER fail to put a smile on my face. After finding out who all the authors behind FTC are, however, I’ve also started following Arielle and Faith, as well, and I am so beyond excited to stalk their blogs!!!
** I’ve actually kind of sort of written three fairy tale retellings already, with a fourth on the way, so. . .? yeah. *thumbs up*
** Special thanks to my mom for sparking the inspiration for quite a bit of this post! She’s as much of a fairy tale lover as I am, and I don’t doubt that a lot of my opinions were inspired by
(or, you know, unwittingly stolen from, because that happens a lot in this family) her.
— THE ACTUAL FAIRY TALE CENTRAL BLOG POST —
Once Upon a Time two girls had a dream. A dream of a fairy tale site, an internet library, if you will, for all the fairy tale lovers of the land to gather and converse. To learn, to read, to fangirl/boy, to bask in the goodness that is fairy tales.
As this dream blossomed, the two girls recruited a third. Because, after all, all good fairy tales come in themes of three.
With the third member in place, the girls got to work. The dream began to take shape, until it was no longer just a dream. But something real.
Introducing. . .
FAIRY TALE CENTRAL
This newly launched site run by Arielle Bailey, Faith White, and Christine Smith, is your source for all things fairy tales.
Every month a single fairy tale will be featured, and posts will include:
- Reviews for retellings/shows/movies/etc.
- Essay, origin, and discussion posts on the featured fairy tale
- Interviews with fairy tale retelling authors
- Galleries featuring fairy tale artists and artisans
- And a whole lot more!
The FTC’s goal is to unlock the magic that is fairy tales and build a community of fellow fairy tale enthusiasts. Arielle, Faith, and Christine are thrilled to share this new fairy tale centric space and connect with all you epic fairy tale fans!
You can CLICK HERE to find the site and join the Fairy Ring! (Don’t worry, you won’t be enchanted or cursed.) And, if you want to connect even more, you can find the FTC on:
(If you’re inclined to share about the FTC in those places too, you may or may not be blessed by a fairy godmother. *smile, smile*)
Do tell a friend, or a dragon, or the fairy living in the hollow tree behind your house. All humans and mythological creatures alike are welcome!
TALK TO ME, PEASANTS!
Is anyone else screaming like a maniac right now, because I am seriously squealing like a maniac right now. . .
AHEM. ANYWAY. Some questions to discuss down in the comments!: Are you a fan of fairy tales? Do you agree that fairy tales are a powerful method of storytelling, or do you prefer more contemporary, less magic-y forms of writing? (i promise i will not stab you with my rusty pitchfork if you say you don’t like fairy tales. [*sharpens pitchfork discreetly*]) Have you ever written a fairy tale retelling, yourself? (and if you have you BETTER TELL ME WHICH ONE IT WAS, PEASANT!!) and most importantly. . .
WHAT IS YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVORITE FAIRY TALE OF ALL TIME???
As always, let us talk about ALL OF THE THINGS! down in the comments below! Thank you so much for reading, and until next time. . .