People have always dreamed of fantastical creatures, terrifying and gentle, hideous and beautiful. But especially of fairies. Why? Because they’re the ones most like us–only with magical powers! What better way to escape when you were stuck in your room as a kid than to acquire magical powers (or in the age of lockdown, for that matter)? But could there possibly be any truth in fairytales? Yes! Because fairies are good and bad, kind and selfish, pure and besmirched–just like us. Fairytales show the things we want to escape from–but instead must face. All great fantasy stories are true on one essential level: They’re about us.
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Some Fairy Facts
“Tink was not all bad: or, rather, she was all bad just now, but, on the other hand, sometimes she was all good. Fairies have to be one thing or the other, because being so small they unfortunately have room for only one feeling at a time.” ~J.M. Barrie
“Don’t you know that everybody’s got a Fairyland of their own?” ~P.L. Travers
“O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairytales.” ~Leo Rosten
“It is a true fact that faeries, just like people, very often find that a full belly and a good friend are all that they need to be happy.” ~C.S. Einfeld
“Fairies come in all shapes, colours, sizes and types, they don’t have to be fluffy. They can be demanding and furious if they like. They do, however, have to wear a tiara. That much is compulsory.” ~Dawn French
“I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.” ~Mae West
“In a utilitarian age, of all other times, it is a matter of grave importance that fairytales should be respected.” ~Charles Dickens
“When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.” ~Albert Einstein
“Classic fairy tales do not deny the existence of heartache and sorrow, but they do deny universal defeat.” ~Greenhaven Press
“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again.”