Once upon a time fairy
Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale by Marina WarnerFrom wicked queens, beautiful princesses, elves, monsters, and goblins to giants, glass slippers, poisoned apples, magic keys, and mirrors, the characters and images of fairy tales have cast a spell over readers and audiences, both adults and children, for centuries. These fantastic stories have travelled across cultural borders, and been passed down from generation to generation, ever-changing, renewed with each re-telling. Few forms of literature have greater power to enchant us and rekindle our imagination than a fairy tale.
But what is a fairy tale? Where do they come from and what do they mean? What do they try and communicate to us about morality, sexuality, and society? The range of fairy tales stretches across great distances and time; their history is entangled with folklore and myth, and their inspiration draws on ideas about nature and the supernatural, imagination and fantasy, psychoanalysis, and feminism.
Marina Warner has loved fairy tales over her long writing career, and she explores here a multitude of tales through the ages, their different manifestations on the page, the stage, and the screen. From the phenomenal rise of Victorian and Edwardian literature to contemporary childrens stories, Warner unfolds a glittering array of examples, from classics such as Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and The Sleeping Beauty, the Grimm Brothers Hansel and Gretel, and Hans Andersens The Little Mermaid, to modern-day realizations including Walt Disneys Snow White and gothic interpretations such as Pans Labyrinth.
In ten succinct chapters, Marina Warner digs into a rich collection of fairy tales in their brilliant and fantastical variations, in order to define a genre and evaluate a literary form that keeps shifting through time and history. She makes a persuasive case for fairy tale as a crucial repository of human understanding and culture.
Quite a Common Fairy
The Fairy Godmothers are based on the characters of the same name from the fairytale Cinderella. Fairies are human in appearance, but with a few of noticeable differences. Normally, they are quite small in size, although they have the ability to enlarge themselves to the size of a human. Two dragonfly-like wings protrude from their back, which disappear when they are not flying, and re-appear as they get ready for take-off. When they fly or change shape, their bodies emit a sparkling glow.
Snow White Ginnifer Goodwin definitely doesn't need a Prince to save her on this show. Extremely skilled with a bow, she fights for what is hers, for her Kingdom, and for her people's freedom. Josh Dallas as Prince Charming. Prince Charming Josh Dallas , also known as David, has become more compelling to watch over the course of five seasons. A fairly one dimensional character in the fairy tale, his character is much more multifaceted on TV. As David wasn't born a prince, he lives modestly and knows what it means to work hard. Lana Parrilla as Regina.