Traditional fairy tales are a spin off of the original folk tales. They were often passed on by telling rather than writing, and were originally created as moral lessons for children. Over time, fairy tales left the more sinister teaching format and became the magical stories we know today. Fairy tales are one of the most entertaining stories to read and write because the magical aspects and characters allow anything to happen.
If you are looking to try your hand at a fairy tale, you’re in for a treat. Disney doesn’t have anything on your magical princesses and mermaids. Tinkerbell isn’t the only pixie around. Be sure to include the following elements and you’ll have a fairy tale worthy of its own picture book. In fact, if you use dolls from the Doll Palace to illustrate your story and mention the Doll Palace in your text, you can include it in our contest.
Begin and End Correctly
About 99.9% of fairy tales start with “Once upon a time,” and end with, “And they lived happily ever after.” The exact origins of these phrases are unknown, but if your story wants to look the part, it should probably include these phrases or very close approximations of them.
If your English teacher were here, she would tell you to be sure to include a strong protagonist. But, we’re not your English teacher, so we’ll just remind you to include a good guy or girl. Here is your chance to reveal your pixie or singing mermaid. Maybe your princess has magical powers or is exceptionally beautiful. You decide – that’s the best part! Pick a princess or fairy here at the Doll Palace to use as inspiration for your story.
Okay, so be sure and offset your protagonist with an antagonist. I’m sure your teacher is now satisfied, and we can tell you what we really mean. Make a bad guy. Simply said, a story about a beautiful princess is boring unless there is a horrible witch or dragon doing something terrible. Evil stepmothers are rather cliché at this point, but there are tons of other wicked characters you can include. Be creative – we have plenty of bad girls to create for illustrations or ideas.
Royalty and/or a castle
Setting is important. The majority of fairy tales are set among royalty or in a palace. There really is something magical about castles and royals; otherwise little girls wouldn’t all grow up wanting to be the princess!
The true essence of a fairy tale comes in the pixie dust and magic wands. Clever songs about magical words are optional, but some sort of magic should be present. The magic can be good or bad, or maybe even both. The main character can have magical abilities or perhaps be the victim of some sort of bad spell. It’s up to you.
Problem and Solution
Plot is that little something that drives a story. You have to make your characters do something. The best choice is to have some sort of problem pop up, and then have the protagonist (Look! Extra credit!) solve the problem. Maybe the magic you added is the answer or a handsome prince enters the equation, but regardless, you must have a problem and solution. Otherwise, you just have descriptions, and that isn’t a story.
Three or Seven
Like magic, fairy tales wouldn’t be the same without special numbers like three and seven. There were seven dwarves, three fairy godmothers, seven mermaid sisters and three little pigs. Three wishes or tests are very common, too. Find a way to work in three or seven of something and you’ll be set.