Over on DD Storyteller today I’m looking at what makes a Fairy Tale:
‘What makes a fairy tale? When we hear the word we expect a certain type of story, so what is it?
A fairy tale is considered to hold a certain set of characteristics. Magical tales, they include enchantment, good triumphing over evil, events occurring in threes or sevens, a clear problem and a resolution and finally a moral to the tale.
For me they are organic ever changing stories with layer upon layer of oral history. Often set in the forest, they include tests or riddles for the listener and a lesson to be learned. Allegory is their primary function. ‘