Hey bloggers, happy first day of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge! I'm so excited to read everyone's first posts and get aquatinted with some new blogs. I hope everyone's ready for some alphabetic awesomeness!
As I previously revealed, my theme this year is fairy tales, inspired in great part by some of my current favorite TV shows, movie adaptations, and books, most of which I'll share with you over the next 26 posts. So, let's get started!
Fairy tales are, at their core, an oral genre. Passed down from generation to generation via word of mouth. And yet, over time, somehow we've come to associate our favorite tales with a few key writers. They've become inextricably linked with names like Grimm, writers we still celebrate.
Perhaps because these men and women traveled the world, tracking down and cataloging the stories that still fascinate children to this day, thus preserving them for future generations. And how funny that their names start with the ABCs. So without further ado, here are some of the Authors we know as the forefathers of fairy tales:
A is for Hans Christian Andersen -
Andersen (1805 to 1875) was a Danish author who wrote down the fairy tales he'd been told as a child, as well as some of his own invention. Fairy tales such as:
- The Princess and the Pea
- The Tin Soldier
- The Little Mermaid
- The Emperor's New Suit
- The Ugly Duckling
- The Snow Queen
- The Red Shoes
B is for The Brothers Grimm -
Jacob (1785 to 1863) and Wilhelm (1786 to 1859) were German brothers, researchers and academics that made it their mission to track down and record folklore and fairy tales. Their versions are a little more, ahem, grim than the modern versions we're familiar with, but their work has greatly shaped the world of fairy tales even today.
- Hansel and Gretel
- Snow White
- Little Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty)
- The Frog Prince
C is for Charles Perrault -
Perrault (1628 to 1703) was a French writer who drew on pre-existing fairy tales he'd heard. Though perhaps the least known of the forefathers, the stories he catalogued are some of the most popular (thanks to Perrault's doing) today.
- Little Red Riding Hood
- Sleeping Beauty
- Puss in Boots
This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme (in case you didn't already guess) is Fairy Tales. Stay tuned for the rest of the alphabet, and if you'd like to check out the other participants, simply click here.