Ever wonder why a fairytale is called a fairytale? We have, because seldom does it ever have a fairy actually in the tale! After doing some research, we have found that there are three aspects that nearly every fairytale contains.
- The setting is an indistinguishable far off time and place
This is why fairytales begin with ‘Once upon a time’ and end with ‘and they lived happily ever after’. It creates distance from everyday life with the fairytale world. This allows the reader to escape from reality and lead us to believe that anything is possible.
- Magic, well of course
Since the story has established that this is far from everyday life, anything is now possible and everyone knows magic is the best part of a fairytale. Magic is a magnificent occurrence in the hero’s story that often helps them out or sets them back. However the hero never bats an eye at these magical happenings, from mythical creatures and magical spells and why would they – anything is possible in the land of fairytales.
- The hero has to overcome an obstacle
Just like any well written story there must be conflict and resolution. This is what makes fairytales truly unique. The resolution is never found through ordinary means. There is always a fairy godmother or magical spell that saves the day. But no matter what this obstacle is — it is always overcome. It’s important to teach children from an early age that anything is achievable and nothing is impossible.
To discover your own fairytale check out BEST WESTERN PLUS Grim’s Dyke Hotel, Harrow as this summer they hold a number of magical family events. Magical stories and fairytales will be told in the enchanting gardens and woodland of the hotel. Tales will feature Giants, Fairies, Dragons and Trolls; check out the video below for a taste of what this magical event is all about...