Fairy Tale Blog Tag

Fairy Tale Central has created a tag! It’s all about fairy tales, so of course I couldn’t be more excited to do it. The tag might as well have been tailor-made for me or something. I love it.

1. What’s an obscure fairy tale you love?

Noooo. There are too many obscure fairy tales I love for me to list them all here. But I love Kate Crackernuts, Tam Lin, Samba the Coward, Ivan and the Princess Blue-Eyes, The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle, Tatterhood, and…

I like a lot of fairy tales.

2. If you got to choose Disney’s next animated princess movie, what fairy tale would you choose to be adapted?

I remember talking to Weez a long time ago about how I wanted a Disney movie retelling Gawain and the Green Knight, featuring a very confused Gringolet. (Gringolet, in case you don’t know, is the horse.) And I still stand by that. It would be 2D animation, of course. And I’d want it to be faithful to the original story. Which essentially means that this is a pipe dream.

I also would like Disney movies for some more Greek myths, like Eros and Psyche or Perseus and Andromeda. (I’m pretty sure Andromeda was also black*, so…you know. Maybe Disney could finally have more than one black princess? Just saying?)

(Tiana is the only black princess, right? I don’t want to falsely criticize even Disney.)

*Okay, so I looked it up and it sounds like Greek writers would sometimes give Andromeda different ethnicities, but she’s usually described as being from Aethiopia and is sometimes described as black. Go for it, Disney.

Also, it would be nice to have some more movies retelling Arabian Nights tales. I just…I want. I want so bad.

Or they could make a movie about Gareth and Lynet!! Featuring sisters, enchantresses, and dumb knights galore! I want the Disney movie!

I would also love Disney to retell any Indian fairy tale, I’m not picky. It’s about time you finally set a movie in India, Disney.

Then again, maybe I should ask for a company that has more artistic integrity than Disney to do these. Disney is very good for what they are, but they don’t seem to like breaking very much new ground or doing anything a little different. That might scare off consumers! We can’t have that.

3. What is the first fairy tale you remember hearing when you were a child?

I have a memory of my mom telling me the story of Beauty and the Beast. It’s one of my favorite fairy tales, and I wonder if that’s why–it really may have been the first one I heard.

4. If you were to embark on a fairy tale quest, what necessities would you pack in your bag?

Food, of course. Also a magic comb, a handkerchief, and whatever else I need to get the witch off my tail. And, since I’m presuming I can take whatever I want, I would like a helpful talking raven who can give me advice on how to handle each magical situation. I would make a very good traveling companion! I, unlike stupid heroes, would try my hardest to not ignore every piece of advice I am given.

I would also bring a tent. I wouldn’t want to sleep in the rain.

5. What’s your favorite fairy tale trope?

I have a lot I like ( 😮 no one saw this answer coming!). I like witches who singlehandedly cause apocalypses. I like sisters who stand up for each other, especially when the fairy tale trope would ordinarily have them hating each other (Tatterhood! Kate Crackernuts! Fairy tale girls don’t always hate their sisters just because their sister conforms to the beauty standard and they don’t!). But most of all, I love clever, resourceful heroines. I love powerful women, and I love women who are content to stay in the background. I love villainous women who reach out and take the things they want, and I love women who keep their morality even when everyone around them treats them horribly.

Just. I love the women in these stories. You can find so many awesome heroines if you look for them.

6. If you could be any fairy tale character archetype (the princess, the soldier, fairy godmother, talking animal, mischievous imp, wise old woman, evil stepmother/sister, etc.), who would you want to be and why?

I guess I’d like to be a witch like Baba Yaga. Extremely morally ambiguous granny who knows how to have fun and who has a really cool house. I’d like that. She’s awesome. And yes, I’m aware that she’s a character rather than an archetype, but whatever. I want to be her.

7. What animal/mythical creature would be your sidekick for fairy tale adventures? 

Well, I mentioned a helpful talking raven up there, so we’ll go with that. If not, though, I’d like to take one of my kitties.

8. What is your favorite historical era, and what fairy tale would you love to see in that setting?

Ahh! There are so many. Let’s make a list.

  1. Song Dynasty China. I tried setting a Beauty and the Beast story here, but unfortunately, I didn’t finish it. I wish I had.
  2. Joseon dynasty Korea! Goryeo Korea! Any Korea! I would honestly be fine with any fairy tale set here. Snow White? Beauty and the Beast? Rapunzel? I’ll take it. (Unfortunately, I haven’t read as much Korean folklore. I want to get into it more. Anyone have any fairy tale recs?)
  3. Safavid Persia. Or any Persia, actually. I would love to see some Arabian Nights retellings here, along with anything else. I really want some Arabian Nights retellings, though.
  4. I’m ashamed to admit I don’t know much about Morocco’s history, but Morocco has a BLUE. CITY. It also just seems like a really nice place for a setting. It sounds like such a beautiful place! I would like a Puss in Boots retelling set here.
  5. Medieval Europe (especially Ireland and Scotland, but also England or France or anywhere like that). Yes, I know what you’re thinking. This is already the most overused place for fantasy. But tell me this. How many people have presented medieval Europe in a compelling and/or accurate way? In my experience, not…not enough people. I kind of love dealing with older periods, both because of how different the cultures can be from the present day and also because it’s so interesting to me to have people accept magic as a rule of life. (Someone give me a Tam Lin retelling!)
  6. 18th and 19th century Britain (or France, or any other place in Europe, it doesn’t really matter). The clothes are so pretty! The social changes are so interesting to explore! You can discuss the early forms of feminism! (RESEARCH MANDATORY.) You can throw in your Jane Austen and your Pamela references! There’s just so much!
  7. Merie just discussed a version of Snow White set in Russia, and now I would LOVE to see a retelling.

9. If you could change a fairy tale’s villain into a hero, who would you choose and why?

Ooh. I like this question. I’m not sure Baba Yaga technically counts, since she’s more of an antihero anyway, but I love her and would enjoy seeing her as a protagonist very much. I’m currently writing a story with Mordred as the protagonist, and I’m enjoying that very much. (I have not written in this story in a while. I am an impostor. A fake writer.)

Also Clytemnestra! I find her really sympathetic, and I totally get wanting to kill Agamemnon. Anyone would want to kill Agamemnon. No one else had the guts to do it.

I just know there’s going to be a villain from a myth or fairy tale that I remember as soon as I’m done with this.

10. Do you prefer fairy tales with happy endings or sad/tragic endings? why or why not?

I like both. The ending should be right for the story. A tragic ending that fits the story is the most satisfying thing in the world. A tragic ending tacked on ‘just because’ feels pointless (@ HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON). There are some stories that shouldn’t end happily. There are some stories that shouldn’t end tragically. So I guess you could say that I prefer satisfying endings.

I had so much fun with this tag! Absolutely feel free to join in if you want! There’s a linkup on Fairy Tale Central for this tag that runs until the end of February, if you want to add a post to it. I love talking about fairy tales so much. I’m sure you couldn’t tell.

16 thoughts on “Fairy Tale Blog Tag

  1. Aaaaaahhhh BECKY. I love, love, loooooved reading your answers! So much epicness in this single post. All those ideas for Disney movies??? NEEEEED. Especially some more Arabian Nights stories or India based ones. That would be so gorgeous! I mean, look at Aladdin. We KNOW they can do Arabian Nights stories well! Why not do more of them??

    I LOVE sister stories when the sisters stand up for one another. I don’t know why fairy tales have siblings hating each other so much… (I mean, I’m guilty of it in my Beauty and the Beast retelling, but, that’s more or less canon because YEAH. All these hateful siblings!) That’s why I particularly love The Wild Swans and Snow White & Rose Red. NICE SIBLINGS. It is delightful!

    Ooooh man, being Baba Yaga would be great. I love that. XD

    All your historical fairy tale ideas are GENIUS and now I need them all please and thank you. Especially the Persia idea. Like…YES! That’d be beautiful!

    I’m so glad you enjoyed out little tag! Thank you for joining!!!

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    • Thank you! I know, we need some more Arabian Nights movies! And Indian classical dance is SO BEAUTIFUL, and I would love an excellent animated movie with that in it. Or maybe ABOUT that. And I love Indian music, too!
      There was a lot more stuff I could have mentioned for that question, tbh, but my answer was getting long. XD

      I love positive sibling relationships in fairy tales too! Snow White and Rose Red is AMAZING. I’m not sure if I’ve read The Wild Swans (it’s by Hans Christian Anderson, right?), but I’ve read a Brothers Grimm story that sounds like it was very similar.

      I love Baba Yaga. I’m sure you couldn’t tell. 😉

      Thank you! I guess I need to get writing, lol. I would love for there to be more stories with a Persian setting! I feel like stories set in the Middle East are a bit harder to find, but I’ve read some that I really loved and I would like for there to be more of them!

      Thank you for making this! It was so fun!


  2. I love how you said you love SATISFYING endings. WHAT a good answer! While I’m drawn to happy endings, there are sad or bittersweet ones I don’t mind…because, they make *sense* and work. Anyway, now I think that’s going to be my new answer whenever the question of happy and sad endings come up. 😀

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    • Thank you! That’s exactly it. I tend to hate tacked on happy endings as much as I hate tacked on sad ones. The ending should feel natural and make sense. There are some sad endings that are in my top favorites because they felt so right for the story.

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  3. I have never heard of Samba the Coward before now, but I just read it and, um, I’m in love. Where has this fairy tale been my whole life.

    You’re so right about all the amazing heroines in fairy-tales! I always think of Janet from Tam Lin, but also there’s a million more. (Liiike the princess in Samba the Coward, wow she was awesome. Also…did her little brother just…not mind hurting his sister? And also possibly putting her in more danger in the battle by doing it? That’s going a little far to prove your point, kid. BUT TANGENT, SORRY.) It makes me laugh when people bill things as “not your typical fairy tale! no damsels in distress here! the girls are clever and save themselves!” I’m like…I don’t think you’ve read very many fairy-tales. Clever, resourceful heroines sounds pretty typical to me.

    Also, yes to some actual authentic specific-time-period-and-locality-within-medieval-Europe fairytale retellings. Especially if they weren’t fantasy, or the magical elements aren’t such that they change historical society the way it was. Medieval settings are rare, although their bland fantasy counterpart is not. And they can be so interesting! (And now I really really want to go write my medieval-Genoa Children’s Crusade novel but I can’t because I have other priorities! Help!)

    That “@HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN” tho 😂😂 *dies bc it’s so accurate*

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    • I really like it, too! I found it when I was a kid, and it…O_O IT’S SO AMAZING.

      It’s something I’ve been saying for years! I love fairy tale heroines! (To be fair, I feel like some actual real life brothers would do things like that just to prove a point. Siblings can get kind of hardcore.) It always makes me roll my eyes when people talk like that, too. It can get very dismissive. Cinderella isn’t bad; Cinderella is an abuse survivor. And there are plenty of fairy tale girls to choose from who do take an active role in their stories!

      Ahh you’re right though! A lot of ‘medieval’ fantasy is very vaguely medieval and it tends to feel extremely recycled from other fantasy works. I like medieval fantasy that actually has FUN with its setting. Even better, I like historical fantasy. The medieval period, but fairies. (I think slapping ‘but fairies’ into anything improves the thing 85%, really. I would say 100%, but we both know how The Cruel Prince worked out for me. MEDIEVAL GENOA CHILDREN’S CRUSADE SOUNDS SO COOL, what’s it about? Is it a fantasy? And I get that. I get the temptation to hop projects. I have to resist that all the time, and most of the time I don’t. But I’m trying to get better.)


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      • (okay…upon reflection…fair. My sisters and I have all done some *things* just to prove a point, though I’m reasonably certain we’d stop short of literally stabbing someone. But then we are sisters not brothers. XD)
        Yes, that’s true too! Just because someone DOES need rescuing doesn’t make them less worthy a person/heroine. Don’t hate on Cinderella, y’all!

        I realised I literally have a friend trying to think of a Puss in Boots retelling right now. I’m giving her this idea and begging her to take it. XD
        “The medieval period, but fairies” YES. [That honestly appeals to me far more than modern-day but fairies, or completely-made-up-world but fairies, too. I WANT stories like this.] (Hahaha I agree and I think 85% is the exactly right percentage. Ooh so it’s…h’m. It has Pied Piper elements that I’d like to play up, but I don’t think I’d call it a retelling really, and it’s just plain historical, no fantasy. It’s about three German farm kids who end up in Genoa because of the Children’s Crusade aaand it involves shipbuilding and human trafficking and Stefan being extremely chill about everything because he’s Stefan. I’m horrible at explaining my stories, sorry. But I rather love this one. ^.^)

        Lol. My sister once said of my poetry (not truthfully, but that’s beside the point) that “it’s always sad, and if it isn’t sad there’s a dark twist at the end that involves death.” And this makes me think of that. You could say that about Hans Christian Anderson’s stories. (Don’t get me wrong, I love Hans Christian Anderson. But SOMETIMES…. GOODNESS.)

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        • (Me and my sisters would probably stop short of stabbing someone, but it would depend on our mood. 😉 I’m kidding…mostly.)
          People like to throw around the words ‘traditional fairy tale heroines are weak’ and it just…Okay! How well do you think YOU would handle being locked up in a tower or turned into a bird! Anyway, Cinderella is precious and we must protect her. Except for when her magical birds peck out people’s eyes, because that wasn’t cool, but we’re talking Perrault here, not Brothers Grimm. I’m pretty sure the Brothers Grimm Cinderella can take care of herself.

          I tried to find a blushing emoji and I couldn’t, but I’m glad you liked the idea that much. I hope your friend finds it useful.
          [I like medieval-with-fairies better than modern world but fairies or made-up world but fairies too. But I do like all those things!] (That sounds really cool!! I love the Pied Piper! Extremely chill characters are the BEST. I love them.)

          Heh, I’ll admit I tend to like poetry like that. I love Hans Christian Anderson too! But just…HANS. IT WON’T KILL YOU TO WRITE A HAPPY ENDING ONCE.

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  4. Kate Crackernuts is one of my favorites too!

    A talking raven would be a fun adventuring companion!

    Oh yes, more 2D animation fairy tale adaptations and retellings would be wonderful. As amazing as 3D animation is, I do miss the older animation style too. AND YES TO GOOD SISTER RELATIONSHIPS.

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    • Yay! I don’t think a lot of people have heard of Kate Crackernuts, unfortunately, but I love it so much!

      I love ravens a lot. They’re such intelligent birds.

      Some of the old style Disney movies are just so beautiful, and I wish we had more movies like that. I LOVE SISTER RELATIONSHIPS IN STORIES SO MUCH (when they’re done right, of course).


  5. This tag is so fun!!! And your answers are all *so good*! I do like how Disney is starting to take some fairy tales from other cultures and turn them into movies, but we all know how Disney completely changes the fairy tales to make them more “palatable” so I’m not totally sure I want them touching any of the good ones 😂

    I’m totally in love with all the YA fairy tale retellings that have been going around, partly because yaaaas fairy tales! And also because I tend to not realize they’re retellings until I start the book. Which leads to me getting completely shocked and excited at the same time. It’s great. And I agree, we need all the different historical settings retellings!

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    • It was a really fun tag! And oh, that’s true about Disney bowdlerizing things (I hope against hope I spelled bowldl–whatever that keyboard smash word is right). That is an annoying thing about them. I also feel like they aren’t willing to do unusual things with their stories or break their own format that much. I don’t know. I like a lot of Disney’s movies, but I have very mixed feelings on the company.

      I love fairy tale retellings! Getting surprised with a fairy tale retelling is great. I haven’t run into as many retellings lately, unfortunately. I hope I find some more soon! I love historical retellings so much!


  6. OooOOOooo I love the idea of some Greek myth fairy tales and an Indian fairy tale would be awesome too!!! Precious NEEDS this!

    I like the magic comb and talking raven for your quest! And a tent is definitely an essential.

    Oh man I would so love to see some fairy tales set in Song Dynasty or Joseon Dynasty/Goryeo!!!! (Also Tang Dynasty China and Shilla Kingdom Korea! *cries endless tears*)

    I LOVE Korean folk talkes but they can be SO hard to find. I have an “Oxford Myths and Legends: Korean Folk Tales” book – it has some well-known classic tales like “Son-Nyo the fairy and the Wood-cutter” and “the Weaver and the Herdsman: Chik-nyo and Kyun-Woo”. Both of these fairy tales have Chinese and (I think) Japanese counterparts. I absolutely love The Story of Shim Chung. I definitely want to find more Korean folk tales…

    HAHAH love the attack on Hans Christian Andersen (he did love a tragic ending, didn’t he?).

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    • I know! I wish Disney would!

      Ravens are incredibly intelligent birds, so my hope is that the bird will be smart enough to get me out of trouble 😉 Because I won’t.

      I know!! I love those settings so much, and I hardly ever see people set stories in Korea! (ABSOLUTELY. We need stories set in those time periods too *cries with you*)

      Thanks for the book rec! I’ll try to get ahold of a copy! It sounds really interesting.

      He did. I like it in some cases (The Little Mermaid!) but a lot of times it just gets RIDICULOUS.


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