“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
– Neil Gaiman
Originally nothing more than an errant thought sparked years ago when I was still an undergrad, something about the idea of creating a blog for the explorations of fairy tales stuck with me. Now, two years later and through a lot of hard work and collaboration between Elsie and me, that errant thought has come to fruition, growing and evolving as we worked out what it was we loved about fairy tales. It has, since then, expanded to include more than simply fairy tales, incorporating both Elsie’s love of folklore and my passion for adaptation studies, until it eventually became what it is today: an exploration and advocation for the use of fairy tales, folklore, and their adapted works in English Studies.
In this multimodal based website, we will explore the beauty and value of fairy tales and folklore as they exist in two of their most prevalent and effective forms: as an alphabetically traditional “literary” form, and in their visually (and, to a lesser extent, auditory) rich “adapted” form. Through this study, we hope to establish an understanding of why this genre of story telling can enrich student learning within English studies. We aim to show that fairy tales are more than just sparkly, imaginative age-limited narratives; they are, in fact, filled with a plethora of rhetorical moves and motives, not bound only by the traditional allegory story told to children and adults alike in order to warn them of the dangers outside the home, but to also show clear signs of keeping deeper, more complex meanings within their oftentimes magically-oriented plots. Through this site, readers may discover how fairy tales, as both a written and visual genre, are full of rhetorical potential they can explore, and by doing this, can reflect their own preconceptions of other literary genres as a whole.
We hope you will find that our efforts will help to inform your ideas and engagement with fairy tales as a whole.