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I've always loved fairy tales. I couldn't tell you how the obsession started. I remember falling in love with a little mermaid named Ariel, a starry-eyed dreamer named Belle, an adventurous gal called Thumbelina, a cursed princess named Odette... We sang together, we danced together, we laughed and cried together. Animated fairy tale movies were the staple of my childhood. I didn't care if the studio was Disney, Fox, what-have-you. These girls were dreamers, and so was I.
Change was afoot, and I was once again interested in fairy tales. They didn't HAVE to be the carefree stories I grew up with. They were more mature and resilient There was something magical that I fell in love with all over again. When you're young, you think you outgrow things and you're ready to grow up. When you "grow up," you realize that it's okay to like things that you should have outgrown. Who cares if you want to watch animated Disney movies? They're still magical and special and worth coming back to time and again like dear old friends. Maybe we see the stories through jaded eyes now, but sometimes it's nice to let go and be swept away in this world.
I honestly can't tell you why I fell in love with fairy tales or what makes me return to them again and again. This is one of my favorite sub-genres, and I can read new versions of the same tales over and over and always find something new. To some that's weird since I'm no longer a child, but I no longer care. Fairy tales will always hold a special place in my heart!
What led to your fairy tale obsession?