When we think of fairy tales and children’s stories, it draws our minds to our childhood memories which can be of many fond aspects around reading books, watching a movie or TV show (over and over!) or even just a general time or place in our lives. I can’t tell you the amount of times where I have been reading to my nieces or nephews, or seen a quote or reference to a story and thought fondly of a memory!
However, as we get older and grow and mature – have you ever thought about the different messages within our favorite stories?
From the research I’ve done via my good friend ‘Mr. Google’, many of the messages portrayed can be quite negative or actually stem from a wider issue around the time they were written by the various authors. However, to me the good much outweighs the bad and they are the messages I’d rather remember!
Cinderella learned to go with her gut if the shoe fits, Alice learned to believe in herself and the charm of having a little madness, Snow White learned to look in the mirror and understand her worth, Dorothy learned the value in appreciation of family and Belle learned that you cannot judge another on face value – the list goes on.
How many books or movies do you watch when you’re older and think ‘wow, I totally missed that point when I was younger’?
How many quotes do you see from snapshots of stories and think ‘wow, I love that message’! (One of my favorite series are from the Alice in Wonderland quotes)
There are many view points on fairy tales and how they bring value to a life, as I have certainly found out through many websites, however many are just reflections on the messages within society at the time they were written, and as society evolves – so do the messages and the value drawn from them.
People have many pressures growing up no matter what country they live in, and quite often the message can simply read ‘be a good person’ or ‘have hope’ in life – and that is perfectly good to reflect on also!
Sometimes it’s just good to be away with the fairies!
I’d love to know what your favorite stories were and how they influenced you – when you were young or when you got older! Did they evoke some nostalgia? Whatever it was, I’d love to know!