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message 1: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Garrett (heidi_g) | 553 comments This is an excellent review of Marina Warner's Once Upon a Time A Short History of Fairy Tale by Marina Warner to be released on December 1, 2014.


"One of the most interesting aspects of reworking fairytales is that it tends to be practised by idealists and reformers, whether devout Christians, such as CS Lewis, or socialists, such as JK Rowling. The defining dynamic of the fairytale is optimism (as opposed to the tragic tendencies of the myth)..."

^^^^^THIS ;D

message 2: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 254 comments Perfect description! After all, isn't our eternal optimism the reason we read fairy tales?

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