Why You Should Never Stop Reading Fairytales!








Never Stop Reading Fairy tales! by Karen DeMers Dowdall

Considering that I am really into fantasy, paranormal, fairytales, and witches, this new blog title suits me to a T…Once Upon a time…. It is far better than just my name (it is way too long). This new blog title really makes me happy. I love fantasy stories that begin with Once Upon a time…Madeleine L’Engles, A Wrinkle in time, however, does not begin Once upon a time…it begins with, “It was a dark and stormy night”…that works too.

I have collected volumes of fairy tale books, everything from all of Hans Christian Anderson to all of the Grimm’s Fairy tales, Scotland Folk Tales, Irish Myths and Folklore, among many other volumes of Fairy tales. Perhaps, one could say, I live in a fairytale world of my own making. So true. I can’t think of a better place to live…especially in the world as we live in today.

Also, my collection of books includes my favorite books of tales about Princesses, Dragons, Monsters, and of course…Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and all his friends, too. Less I forget to mention, my love of everything in King Author’s Court and the Knights, especially, the Wizard Merlin, and also,the Hobbit’s Gandalf the Grey. So many magical creatures that do often represent the best and the worst of humanity.

These stories tell me that most, that perhaps all of humanity is redeemable, because we are not given an instruction manual for raising babies, toddlers, and especially teenagers – God love them, one and all. Oh my goodness, it can be a real juggle out there for those growing up and with our delicate egos at risk…anything can go wrong.

Perhaps, that is why I love Fantasy, Fairy tales, Paranormal, Greek Mythology, and Science fiction too. Quoting the famous words of Albert Einstein, “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” Well…perhaps it doesn’t work with everyone. I am still learning.

I will add to that quote, if I may, my own philosophy:  “Never stop reading fairytales. No matter how old you are! We are forever learning, and not much teaches us more than a good Fairy tale!”

by Karen DeMers Dowdall June 4th, 2019



26 thoughts on “Why You Should Never Stop Reading Fairytales!

    • Well…I am knee deep in fairy stories…as far as reading is concerned. I did write a fairytale…Delphi Altair and in many ways it is a fairy tale and a little Sci-fi too, but definitly a fairy tale. Thank you for you insightful comment. Karen 🙂

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  1. I enjoyed your eloquently written renaming post, like a christening signifying a rebirth. I haven’t read any fairy tales written for adults since I read Wicked, which I enjoyed very much. The fairy tales of my childhood are the ones that hold the magic for me–and some types of poetry transport me to that realm as well.

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  2. then please don’t even look at Unhappily ever After my Fairytale for grown ups as this will shatter all your illusions about fairy tales. But it does begin: ‘Once upon a time’ is the way all fairy tales begin, but this is not a story, it’s the true historical account of a period of turbulence in the history of Fairyland. 🙂


    • Lucinda, fairytales are not meant to be happy, they are meant to reveal the pitiful state of humanity – the good and the very horrible aspects of being human. Even in Fairyland thiere is the good and the very bad. They reveal society as it truly is and put a light in dark places. Karen


  3. Amazing. I absolutely love the world of Fairytales ever since I was a young girl. They give life Magic and Mystery. 🙂 And I love Happy Endings. And the existence of Fairytales means in life there is always the hope of a Happy Ending. 🙂 Or New Beginning. The books I read as a child are the ones I remember most. “The Enchanted Wood” and “The Magic Faraway Tree” by Enid Blyton had me hooked. Then there was “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”. The list goes on….


    • I know! I absolutely love the world of Fairytales too. Since I was just a little girl too. I saw the world in magical terms and I never outgrew those feelings. Especially anything like The Enchanted Wood and Trees too. I think there is more magic in the world that may not be imaginery. Some people do see fairies, especially near a very old forest/woods and water. Thank you for your wonderful comment. Karen 🙂

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  4. Always in a search for what was real, even as a very young child, I could not sustain interest in fantasy. For some of us, the road is already surreal. However, it is never too late as long as we are here so perhaps it is time to try again.

    A dear friend who traveled a similar road clung to fantasy and said it was his safe place.

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