How to write a Fairy Tale
- unspecified place
- unspecified time often set in the past usually significantly long ago
- archetypal characters (no specific names)
- typically incorporate clearly defined good characters and evil characters
- focuses on a problem or conflict that needs to be solved
- protagonist leaves home
- extreme conditions (beauty, riches, poverty etc.)
- Involves magic elements, which may be magical people, animals, objects, or
- magic spells Magic may be positive or negative
- may include objects, people, or events in threes (three battles, three tasks
- hero has bad luck
- the hero must fight a villain
- hero meets magical helpers
- the hero is treated badly
- the hero is in danger
- the villain is punished
- the hero is rewarded with a happy marriage
- a transformation, either a physical transformation (e.g., the beast turns into a handsome prince) or a character transformation (e.g., the ugly duckling turns out to have been a swan all along)
- morality (good vs. bad, good is rewarded and evil is punished)
- usually teach a lesson or demonstrate values important to the culture
- Who is the hero or heroine?
- Who is the villain?
- What is the magical element of the story?
- Where will the story take place?
- What lesson will the story teach?
- What is the story plot?
- What is the happy ending?
Animals with ‘scary features’ are still refused to be adopted because people believe they bring bad luck or are hunted: