The secrets of fairy tales and why we love them
Fairy tales have accompanied most of our childhood. Writers today have a lot of competition trying to make an impact. Authors who write children’s books are unlikely to give up this exciting habit. Writing for children is more important than anything else. Our first readings touch us more deeply, touch us more actively and accompany us many times throughout our lives. Considering the fact that social conditions and legislative provisions are constantly changing, fairy tales endure over time. The work of a researcher in a few years will only be footnotes to the studies of other specialists.
On the contrary, fairy tales do not have an expiration date. They are eternal, like diamonds. Some would say that fairy tales also have an expiration date. Many designers give up part of their work at some point. The works are in a way the descendants of the authors. For the author, to deny one of his works is as if the father disinherited one of his children. But even then, deprived children have their own value and can be loved. So, it is difficult to say that art will cease to have a reason to exist just because time has passed.
Learning to write – a talent or the result of hard work?
Art is something that we receive and something that we create and “produce”. Not everyone can be a writer, but everyone can try their luck. Just as you can take theater lessons in a theater academy, music lessons in a conservatory or painting lessons in a Fine Arts school, you can also take creative writing lessons in a workshop.
These studies undoubtedly provide useful knowledge, information, techniques and guidance. However, they are neither necessary nor a guarantee of the success of each person in their chosen field. If one is attracted to it, the most useful learning to initiate oneself in the secrets of writing is the study of the widest possible range of books, starting with the masterpieces of literature. classic.
The Much Discussed “Message” in a Children’s Book and What to Avoid
Graham Greene had classified his fiction into two categories: literary novels, such as The Power and The Glory, The Heart of Matter, etc. Havana. In an interview with the magazine “The Paris Review”, he had defined the difference between the two.
The novels of the first class, he clarified, carry a message, while the novels of the second category carry no message. Since then, it has, of course, been argued that even Greene’s second-rate novels carry messages and that the real difference is in the way they are conveyed. A children’s book can be enjoyable regardless of its category. After all, the reader may well discover messages, which the author did not even imagine.
What must be avoided is blatant didacticism, which, instead of admonishing, puts off the reader. The children’s book should above all entertain the child, cultivate his imagination and broaden his creative horizons. Indirectly only to transmit values and messages, after having first conquered the child by surprising and exciting him. Trust us, children are not an easy audience to win over.
Themes and Audience – Both Considered
The language of the fairy tale is not only timeless, but also intercultural. The imagination knows no bounds, and children everywhere are children. Some fairy tales often refer to “cruel” concepts such as racism, dictatorship and genocide. A writer can introduce children to sensitive and even painful topics through allegories and symbolism.
They will have to try to balance danger, violence and despair with courage, humor and hope. Some books are not intended exclusively for children. Perhaps one of the hardest bets when writing a fairy tale is finding a way to make it suitable for all ages. Books appreciated by children as well as by adults who read them to children. “Alice in Wonderland” by Louis Carroll, for example, or “Le Petit Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, are both simple and complex, understandable and profound. They can be enjoyed by a small child as well as by a mature adult.
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