Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Comeback of the Fairytale

It seems to me the Fairytale has made a comeback in the last few years, most likely due to its resurgence in children's and young adult fiction, the movies inspired by them, and high fashion's nod to all things Victorian, Edwardian, and Elizabethan.  This is absolutely fine by me as I of course came from the Disney Princesses generation and I love fairytales, Lewis Carroll, and Shakespeare.  The proof is everywhere, in art, photography, books, movies, TV shows, fashion, fairytale inspired weddings, and the fact that we all keep buying in.

There is Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, Twilight, Little Red Riding Hood, and upcoming movies like the Snow White films, The Hunger Games, and The Mortal Instruments, not to mention the countless retellings of classic stories in past years and let's just go ahead and count comic book super hero movies as well. 

TV has jumped on the bandwagon too; ABC's Once Upon Time, NBC's Grimm, CW's Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, Supernatural, (the CW is cashing in as there are more shows next fall that are rumored to be paranormal/fairytale influenced), BBC's Merlin, and the list goes on. 

You wouldn't believe the amount of young adult fiction that has been optioned for film and it shows no signs of stopping.  While vampires have always been "in" just in different forms (they went from grotesque creatures of the night to suave reincarnations of James Dean) the Fairytale until recently was mainly for little girls.  But it's not little girls rushing out to see the latest dark adaptions of the struggle between good and evil nor is it just boy-crazy teenage girls either.  And I'm proof.  And the group of guys at the theater without a girlfriend in sight,  the thousands of mom's who went to see Twilight without their kids, and the forty-one year old I work with who has to rush home in time to watch Grimm are proof that the Fairytale is alive and well; and that Hans Christian Anderson, the Grimm Brothers, and old legends and folklore continue to weave their magic even in these modern times.

IN Movies
(The ones I'm most excited about)

The Hunger Games

Snow White and the Huntsman 

(Despite Kristen Stewart being cast, I feel that Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth
more than make up for it.  And hey, maybe she'll show a little personality in this, you never know.)

The Hobbit
In Weddings

View more photos of a real steam punk themed wedding here

On the runway




Alexander McQueen prefall 2012

In Photography

In Music

The massive success of the lovely Taylor Swift....anyone?

She lives in a fairy tale,
Somewhere too far for us to find
- Paramore

And really, so what if we'll buy into anything and everything that has to do with real life suspended for a few moments of gorgeous visuals and an inevitable happy ending?  Perhaps it is a positive testament to the innate desires of a materialistic and consumer driven society....we all want to believe in the power of love and friendship, that courage and bravery will always overcome hate and greed, and even the most hardened cynics and practical adults will buy a movie ticket out of the secret hope that happy endings are possible for us all.


  1. Fairy Tales will always be around. People are always looking for an escape. Fantasy and folklore becomes the perfect getaway. I'm not complaining either. We need to keep fairy tales around so people will learn to use their imaginations.

  2. i don't get how kristen stewart still gets movie deals but that movie looks pretty good

  3. I love that fairytales have returned. Right now I'm watching the series, Once Upon a Time and I actually like this twist on the fairytale classics.