"The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy and sorrow sharp as swords. In that realm a man may, perhaps, count himself fortunate to have wandered, but its very richness and strangeness tie the tongue of the traveller who would report them. And while he is there it is dangerous for him to ask too many questions, lest the gate should be shut and the keys be lost." -- J.R.R. Tolkien, "On Fairy-Stories," in The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays

"The fairy tale journey may look like an outward trek across plains and mountains, through castles and forests, but the actual movement is inward, into the lands of the soul. The dark path of the fairy tale forest lies in the shadows of our imagination, the depths of our unconscious. To travel to the wood, to face its dangers, is to emerged transformed by this experience. Particularly for children whose world does not resemble the simplified world of television sit-coms ... this ability to travel inward, to face fear and transform it, is a skill they will use all their lives. We do children--and ourselves--a grave disservice by censoring the old tales, glossing over the darker passages and ambiguities..." -- Terri Windling, "White as Snow: Fairy Tales and Fantasy," in Snow White, Blood Red


Fractured Fairy Stories

Shrek is a favourite with students from 8 to 18. Everyone adores this brilliant fractured fairy story and love to sing along and anticipate their favourite lines. Watch the movie, colour the characters and play the games on the Shrek site. Then experiment and try fracturing a fairy story.

Fracturing fairy tales is a contemporary variant of what has been always done in fairy tales in that story is changed in some way--except that this term is usually associated with questions of gender representation."

Fracture a fairy story now and add it to the student forum here at Soul Food.

Some Fractured Fairy Stories

Cinderella's Life after the Wedding

Juvenile Detention

Little Red

Two Little Wolves

The Three Boys

The Truth About Little Red Riding Hood