marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

hitting the books

When stuffing a story full of fairy tale references -- especially if you venture past the Pop Top 20 tales -- even if you intentionally exclude the Pop Top 20 tales and close variants -- one thing that should be easy is finding enough references.  There are, after all, hundreds of types of tales.

Except of course keeping them in mind.  There are a lot of them to juggle.

Especially if you try to write more than one story on that vein and not repeat yourself.

Well, the rule is, I've decided, to not repeat a specific tale, but repeating types is fine in different stories.  I've still decided to do some research.  Fortunately the rule for that is simple:  read a big book of fairy tales.  "Fairy Tales of Region" is generally a reliable title for a mix.
Tags: fairy tales (retelling), research

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