106 – Qualities of the Fairy Tale Genre

The Mythcreant Podcast

Once upon a time, Fay once again joined Oren and Chris, this time to discuss fairy tales. The first question on our minds: what is a fairy tale, exactly? Is it any story with fairies in it? Does it need to have a happy ending? We also talk about when a fairy tale transitions into a normal fantasy story, the morals fairy tales are famous for, and why people complain about eagles in Lord of the Rings but not the Hobbit. You’d better listen, or else your kingdom will fall under some kind of unrealistic but very ironic curse.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

Fay’s website is Writing Alchemy, where ze talks about storytelling and posts stories.

The Turnip Princess, by Franz Xaver von Schonwerth.

Correcting something Oren said, Peter Pan first appeared in The Little White Bird, published in 1902.

The Master Thief 

Charles Perrault

The Brothers Grimm

The history of 1001 Nights is complicated, it turns out.

The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, which have very different attitudes towards eagles.

Uprooted, by Naomi Novik

The Red Shoes


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