The Magical Kingdom of Fairy Tales – Daily Quote


My childhood included a steady diet of fairy tales. I remember a thick volume of The Brothers Grimm Complete Fairy Tales Collection, and another of Aesop’s Fables. They fueled my love of reading and introduced me to the mystical power words possess to whisk me to fantastical, far-away lands. Devouring those books, I graduated to The Secret Garden, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Hobbit. In high school, The Iliad and The Odyssey curated my foray into Greek Mythology, while The Once and Future King left me spellbound.

I am under no illusions that Prince Charming is racing to my rescue, and to this day, no magical forest animals have materialized to help clean the house or create a couture ballgown. The darker aspects of “Once upon a time,” is common adult knowledge. Yet, I search for not just one fantasy story, but an entire series. Fantasy offers a refuge from life’s stress, they let me root for the hero and condemn the villain.

At their best, they explore real-life issues and provide a platform for discussions, while they entertain. They offer universal lessons and make us reflect on ways to improve our world.

What stories influence your reading choices?


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

7 thoughts on “The Magical Kingdom of Fairy Tales – Daily Quote

  1. I appreciate that as you grew the stories grew as well. I read Ovid’s Metamorphoses before I read The Secret Garden. Little sense of order. But my father read stories to us when we (and the stories) were small. That’s a special remembrance. When I consider my current reading interests–y-a stories, mysteries for grownups, works of or about spirituality, and poetry–I realize they are reflections (extensions?) or my early introductions. Thank you for asking!

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    • I understand that, I think I read The Sun Also Rises when I was about eight. It was just there in the bookcase, begging to be read. Ovid was a HS read. I find it so interesting to see what people read as children and their current selections. 😊


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