Kate G. Jameson

Fairy Tales and Fantasy


Fairy Tales

Thoughts on Beauty and the Beast


I finally finished my review of Beauty and the Beast! You can find the original tale here.

Until next time, word nerds!

Character Types: The Crone

Every story needs a villain.

Villains can take many forms: a tyrant, an oppressor, a terrible storm, or a character’s own nature. The best villains, the ones we love to hate, are purely evil for evil’s sake.

Fairy tales are no different. They sport a wide array of baddies for us to boo and provide heroes with suitable obstacles to overcome. And one of the most popular villains in fairy tales is the wicked old woman, often called a crone.

Some great examples of crones include the witch from Hansel and Gretel and the witch who tricks Rapunzel’s parents into giving her up.

But what makes a crone so compelling a villainess? And how can you spot one in a story?

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Fairy Tale Facts: Puss in Boots

Animal helpers have always been popular in fairy tales. Cinderella had some helpful birds (or mice, depending on the version). Many heroes encounter animals in peril and are rewarded for helping them. But perhaps the most famous animal helper is Puss in Boots.

There are numerous versions of the Puss in Boots fairy tale. The first version was written by Giovanni Straparola sometime in the early 1500s. In 1634, Giambattista Basile published his version. Charles Perrault contributed to the evolution of the tale (also called The Master Cat) in at the end of the 17th century. Perrault’s is the version that I and many other are familiar with.

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Fairy Tale Facts: Hansel and Gretel

In 1812, the Grimm brothers wrote and published a little story you may have heard of before: Hansel and Gretel. But how much do you really know about the famous tale?

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Fairy Tale Facts: Diamonds and Toads

Hey there word nerds! I’m back with more fun fairy tale facts! Today we’re looking at Charles Perrault’s “Diamonds and Toads”.

“Diamonds and Toads”, or “Les Fées” (The Fairies) as it was originally titled in French, was written by Charles Perrault and included in Andrew Lang’s translation of Perrault’s stories called The Blue Fairy Book (1889). You can find the text for free online, though, if you’re interested in reading it.

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George MacDonald

He’s quickly becoming one of my favorite writers.

Until next time, word nerds!

The Silver Shilling

Today’s discovery: The Silver Shilling by Hans Christian Andersen.

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Character Types: The Beautiful Damsel

As much as it pains me to admit it, a good fairy tale isn’t complete without a damsel in distress.

Damsels serve as the motivation for the hero. Whether it’s a charming prince fighting a dragon to save her or a poor lad trying to prove his worth, there’s always a girl involved with the hero’s quest.

But those girls can easily fade into the background.

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Part of a New World

Dear Fairy Godmother,

I recently moved a long way from home. I don’t know anyone in this new place and I’m worried about settling in and being all own my own. Do you have any tips for making friends and not feeling quite so out of place?


A Fish Out of Water

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