Fairy Tales   4 comments

I wonder if there is magic in the air lately. Perhaps it’s just in my mind – but I’m doubtful that I’m the only one who has been sprinkled by a touch of fairy dust. Admittedly, I’ve been a devotee of Once Upon A Time, and have found myself hooked on Grimm. But I think I’m probably not the only one, or two separate movie studios wouldn’t be venturing into Snow White’s world.

But that’s okay, I’ve always been a fan of the Fairy Tale. What’s not to love? Good always triumphs over evil, the guy always get the girl, vanquishing evil along the way, and you can’t help but feel good at the end result. I’m sure that you are wondering where I’m going with this. Or maybe not, but I’m going to tell you anyhow. You see, I’ve been suffering some insomnia the past few nights, and last night to try and fight it I queued up Tangled and joined along as Rapunzel journeyed through the outside world. Of course, it was sitting right there in my favorites pile right next to Beauty and the Beast, and I could probably recite either show from memory, I’ve seen them that many times.

But as my sleep addled brain continued to work, and Tangled played on, I started to wonder what it is about the fairy tale that draws in so many people.

Is it the happy ending? Is that what we all ultimately all yearn for? Happily ever after? I mean, obviously the thought has merit and people buy into it, as Disney’s been selling it for almost a century. But is that really all it is or is there something more about the fairy tale that makes little girls, grown women and Julia Roberts playing a hooker dream of being Cinderella?

At first I wondered if it was the escape from reality that makes fairy tales so tantalizing, but the more I thought about it the more I felt that wasn’t really true. I mean, sure, wouldn’t it be divine if everyone had a Prince Charming that would ride up and sweep them away from life’s troubles – I mean even Pretty Woman grasps at this desire. But I wonder if the draw isn’t more the thought that evil can be conquered and overcome, and that’s something that we subconsciously cling to as we navigate our lives.

I’ll admit that as I lie in bed watching Tangled last night I was looking for…something. I’d had a long day. I felt pretty beat up on, and good lord is that high road exhausting. But why is it that when I’m feeling a bit weary, my go to is always some version of the fairy tale? Is it because I want Prince Charming to sweep me away and tell me that all of my problems have been solved?

As we watched this week’s episode of Once Upon A Time, I couldn’t shut up at how deplorable I found the Mayor/Evil Queen. Brade¬†advised me “You aren’t supposed to like her”, to which I naturally responded “well, good! Because I don’t!”. But the bad guy is what drives most fairy tales, when you think about it. Without that evil antagonist, there would be no princess in need of rescue, no realm to save, no children to free from the gingerbread house.

And you know, not only do the bad guys get the best songs, but it’s also very easy to incorporate the people in your life who you dislike or struggle with into those positions. It’s not a big stretch of anyone’s imagination to cast manipulative, difficult people into those roles. And in a way, I suppose it’s a little cathartic – because in the end the bad guy always gets his. And in a world where “good” is keeping your head up and walking the high road and “evil” is hitting below the belt, I suppose it feels good to think that what goes around comes around and think that good always triumphs. Even if that isn’t always true.

Perhaps in looking at this brain dump, my inner-child is screaming to get out, or maybe I just never grew up. And I will admit that if a complete stranger rode up to me and grabbed me, even if he was my Prince Charming, I’d probably mace him, not burst out into song. But in the end, don’t we all desire (and can’t we all see) a little bit of the fairy tale in our lives?

Posted February 1, 2012 by Beruthiel in Brain Dump, Deep Thoughts, Off-Topic

4 responses to “Fairy Tales

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  1. There be scary-arsed fluggernubbers out there in the big bad world. But if’n yer brave, and does what ya gots ta do, in the end you’ll make it. Is a story what predates Disney, it predates them Grimm Bros, it predates Beowulf and Ulysses and Gilgamesh. As long as we’s been human, we’s been tellin’ variations on this story, and we always will. ‘Cause no matters who we is, is always gonna be a time when we needs fer ta hear it.

  2. Oh I do love me some fairy tales! I’ve been hooked on Once Upon a Time and Grimm as well. At this point I’m just wanting to find out what Snow White did to deserve the Evil Queen’s hatred, since she went to such great lengths to destroy Snow White’s life.

    I don’t really know what it is I love about fairy tales, though happy endings are nice. I will watch movies and read books who don’t end happily, but I’ll admit that I often prefer the nice “happily ever after”. It’s just better for my peace of mind ;)

    Your comment about possibly macing Prince Charming was he to come scoop you up in the real world made me remember that movie with Amy Adams (Enchanted) where she’s a fairy tale character who ends up in our world. She just doesn’t see the world as we do, and while it probably wasn’t a big blockbuster it was a movie I thoroughly enjoyed as a fairy tale lover ;)

  3. Having someone else come along and solve all your problems is a big draw. Making him hansome and rich is even better!

  4. I hear you on Once Upon A Time.. totally hooked!

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