Imaginative stories, for example, folk lore, fables, myths and legends have existed for centuries. The term fairy tale was coined in 1697 by the Countess d’Aulnoy, a French author who wrote Les Contes des Fees (Tales of Fairies). Her stories were told in the salons of Paris and they were not intended for children.
Over the years, fairy tales evolved and became identified with children, especially the Disney versions of our time. They give children great pleasure by transporting them into magical worlds of fantasy and imagination.
My next talk focuses on why fairy tales are not just for children! Why do you think fairy tales appeal to adults? I’m interested in understanding your ideas about fairy tales and what messages you gleaned from them!
Please share your thoughts with me by replying to this post or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing back from you!