After reading the 171 entries for the Alex Flinn novels contest, I have come to the conclusion that I do not know what a fairy tale is. So I had to do a bit of research.
Fairy tales are different from fables, legends and epics (unless your culture is one that believes in witches and demons then the lines between fairy tales and legends may be blurred). I don’t want to get all technical on you guys but I did question a few entries..
Is Mulan a fairy tale? I know she had a talking dragon but according to J.R.R. Tolkien:
the mere presence of animals that talk does not make a tale a fairy tale
The Ugly Duckling is considered a fairy tale (according to its wikipedia page) but it only involves animals that talk but there is no magic, it does not take place in a land far away, etc. Is it only because Hans Christian Anderson was the author of the tale? Or is it because the duckling transformed into a beautiful swan? I learned that transformation plays a big part in fairy tales. Maybe that’s why? So I guess Mulan is a fairy tale because of her transformation? It’s really confusing.
ANYWAY — so here are the statistics of the contest:
- The top favorite fairy tale was Beauty and The Beast. Other high picks were Cinderella, Peter Pan, Little Mermaid and Mulan.
- Two entries named Tinkerbell as their favorite fairy tale. She is a character!
- I picked 25 answers I liked.
- Narrowed it down to the 12 that I really liked.