Culture and Entertainment

Fairy Tale Tag

I found this tag on Hayden’s blog Leatherbound, and the tag originated here on Fairy Tale Central. I’m realizing there are so many more fairytales I need to read and find retellings of. I used to be more interested in those, these questions are bringing back my interest.

– What’s an obscure fairy tale you love?

“The Twelve Dancing Princesses.” I don’t think this is super obscure, but I’ve never heard of a movie version but only book versions, and quite frankly, I think I prefer it not to be tainted with film.

– If you got to choose Disney’s next animated princess movie, what fairy tale would you choose to be adapted?

I feel like I wouldn’t want anything too special, it might ruin it, make it less mystical and romantic. I think “The Princess and the Pea” would work nicely. Maybe “Rumpelstiltskin.”

– What is the first fairy tale you remember hearing when you were a child?

I grew up with Disney so those, but I feel like “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Three Little Pigs,” and The Gingerbread Man (those are fairy-tales, right? Or what would they be called) were early too (and scarring, at least the first two).

– If you were to embark on a fairy tale quest, what necessities would you pack in your bag?

In my magically (like Hermione’s) expanding bag: a wand, a special potion like Father Christmas gives Lucy, a horn like Susan’s, an invisibility cloak, a magic lantern, a shield, and a magic map (something of a mix between the Marauder’s Map and the book from Ella Enchanted plus a magical geographical map). And I suppose I’d need a sword or something. Just to cover my bases. This fairy tale would be called “The Quest of the Paranoid Princess.”

– What’s your favorite fairy tale trope?

The obscure to beloved Cinderella trope. Just all the warm fuzzies.

– If you could be any fairy tale character archetype (the princess, the soldier, fairy godmother, talking animal, mischievous imp, wise old woman, evil stepmother/sister, etc.), who would you want to be and why?

The princess. I love romance and princely heroes.

– What animal/mythical creature would be your sidekick for fairy tale adventures?

A unicorn. Jet black with a silver horn.

– What is your favorite historical era, and what fairy tale would you love to see in that setting?

One of my favorites that I think would fit a fairy tale setting would be ancient/Celtic Britain. But I also love R.J. Anderson’s Faerie Rebels which are traditional Celtic fairies (as opposed to Disney-esque ones) in modern Britain (as are the 13 Treasures series).

– If you could change a fairy tale’s villain into a hero, who would you choose and why?

I can’t think of any right off the bat.

– Do you prefer fairy tales with happy endings or sad/tragic endings? why or why not?

Happy! I’m not super positive, and I need super positive endings.


  • Catherine

    Love the tag – I always think Princess and the Pea should be the next Disney Princess, there’s lots of room for adding backstory! And I always liked the 12 Dancing Princesses because the guy picks the oldest sister, not the youngest one 🙂

    • Livia Rose

      Apparently, Hayden had put Princess and the Pea too, so it’s a popular choice. I do think it’s got the lighter tone that is perfect for Disney.

      Have you read Entwined by Heather Dixon? That is my favorite retelling of the 12 dancing princesses. Very atmospheric. A lighter one is Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, this is more middle grade.

  • Hayden

    You know, I really am surprised that Disney hasn’t done Rumpelstiltskin yet! It seems like the sort that would be ripe for a Disney adaptation!

    And I totally admit the Cinderella trope gives me the warm fuzzies, too!

    There’s one live action film that I know of for the Twelve Dancing Princesses that I liked quite a bit, but it’s all in German so I had to find a youtube video with subtitles. Sadly, I don’t think it’s on there anymore 🙁

    • Livia Rose

      I think Princess and Pea would be great for animated, but I think I’d like a life action Rumpelstiltskin now that I think more about it.

  • Davida Chazan

    You know there was a book I read based on “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”? It was “The Girls at the Kingfisher Club” by Genevieve Valentine. I wasn’t thrilled with it, but that’s how I know about the fairy tale!

    • Livia Rose

      If you like middle grade and ya, I love Entwined (kind of straddles the line between the two to me) by Heather Dixon and Princess of the Midnight Ball (middle grade) by Jessica Day George for Twelve Dancing Princesses retellings.

  • Christine

    So glad you joined in on our tag! I loved your answers! You are going to be SO prepared for your fairy tale quest. That is the best. XD

    I toootally agree that The Princess and the Pea and Rumpelstiltskin would be spectacular Disney movies. I think they could do some great twists on them.

    And I am so very with you on the Cinderella trope. The rags-to-riches trope is my faaave. It absolutely gives me the warm fuzzies too. ^_^

    Thanks for joining in! This was great!

  • H.S. Kylian

    I once wrote a list of fairytales Disney should do and 12 Dancing Princesses was on it. But alas, the only movie version I’ve seen is the Barbie version. They have to save their father from their evil aunt and the prince is actually a cobbler. With a talking parrot. And the evil aunt has a talking monkey and a lackey with a crush on her.

    • Livia Rose

      Yeah, I’m afraid of anything Disney would do with the twelve dancing princesses or really any filmmakers, it’s too special to me.

  • Faith

    Love your expanding bag and fabulous supply of necessities! Especially Lucy’s healing potion and Susan’s horn!

    Oooh a jet black unicorn! Love that!

    Ancient Celtic + fairytales! Sounds awesome!

    • Livia Rose


      Yes, I read Faeries of the Celtic Lands by Nigel Suckling a few years back, and I want to expand upon my knowledge of Celtic myth.

  • Kara

    YES to super positive endings! I need a happy ending to the books I read. I do not enjoy books with awful endings, like everybody dying or some such. I at least need things to be hopeful! So long as there’s hope for happy, even if everything isn’t perfectly hunky dory by the end, I can live with that. But NO to unhappy endings! I mean, what’s the point?

    • Livia Rose

      I know, right? I’m either reading for enjoyment (fiction) or for knowledge (nonfiction), and there is plenty of misery in real life/nonfiction already, why need to make more?

    • Livia Rose

      Thanks! I was really taking this too seriously, “do I want a unicorn pegasus hybrid, no, the wings would throw off the look” lol

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