I love Disney movies! I grew up singing the songs, wishing I could find my own Prince Charming. I love reading fairy tales–Grimm’s (very grim–hahaha), fairy tale revamps like Ella Enchanted, what happens after the “happily ever after” like Just Ella.
Last semester, in my Young Adult Literature class, I had to read this book:
This book’s twists on fairy tales was very interesting to me. It intrigued me and got me thinking over the break about why we like fairy tales even as adults. What is it about them that hooks us?
My boyfriend and I have been watching a new show called Once Upon a Time.
So, I decided to go look online and try to see if I could find why we are so interested in fairy tales as adults.
I found a writer’s blog about Why We Love Fairy Tales. Read it–he does a great job describing why.
I would also like to add that I believe that we also love fairy tales because we don’t necessarily want to grow up. Fairy tales were stories that taught us morals and gave us hope when we were kids. Now that we have to deal with adult issues, we want to escape. We miss the simple days of hero defeats evil and gets the girl. But, now that we are adults, we understand many of the underpinnings of fairy tales, the holes in the story, we want to discover motive–why, why, why, why?
We want to explore the simple things of our past and understand them. We ask “What if?” That is why have so many revamps, that is why we have so many retellings.
We want to rediscover.