Tough Travels: Fairy Tales are Not Just Stories



Each Thursday, inspired by ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ we have in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.


Fairy tales are real in fantasy land.  They may seem like stories told to kids, but in fantasyland they are very, very real.

Ok, it is Wednesday night and I just remembered Tough Travels.  But this is too good a topic to ignore, so here goes!

Witches Abroad – Terry Pratchett – This actually comes to pass more than once in Discworld but Witches Abroad is the most obvious example; people can be shaped by stories.  So when the Fairy Godmother will stop at nothing to make sure the story turns out right…

Well, lets just say it may take a coven of ugly witches to make sure that people matter more than the story.  (I also wonder how much of Shrek 2 was borrowed from this particular book).

Dreamer's Pool (Blackthorn & Grim, #1)Dreamer’s Pool -Juliet Marillier – ‘Once upon a time Juliet Marillier wrote a fairy tale and it was wonderful.’  I just quoted my own review.  I thought this was an original story but it turns out it is very loosly based on an old fairy tale, The Goose Girl.  Thanks to random stranger Natalie on Goodreads for letting me know.  And if you didn’t know, this book was wonderful.

Snow Glass Apples by Neil Gaiman and Six Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente – Snow White was a boring movie and a fairy tale I could care less about.  Yet two of my favorite literary remakes of fairy tales are based around it.  Go figure. Snow Glass Apples could be read in a about five minutes and can be found all over the interwebz.

Join us next week as we look at MILITARY GENIUS

Let’s face it.  Fantasy life is often a life of war.  One can only hope to serve under a commander who has some clue what they are doing.

If you have a topic you want to see us cover, or if you have an entry for next week’s post but don’t have your own blog to put it on, please head over to the main Tough Traveling page and fill out the form at the bottom.  For a list of upcoming topics just keep heading back to this post.

As always thanks for joining, feel free to join along at any time, and please check out my fellow travelers!

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