What's a modern-day fairytale? It's like Disney fairytales—only with a lot more romance—for grownups:

I write tragedy-laden beginnings, and sometimes endings, but I’m a sucker for true love and happily-ever-after. Mix that with mystery and suspense and you have a modern-day, true-to-life fairytale.
The fact of the matter is if you took all of the instances that happened to the protagonist in the fairytales Disney turned into animated movies, I don’t know that they would qualify as children’s stories.

Let’s see:

Parentless is the main qualification, it seems. Pretty much all of them have one or no parent at all.

And often, the child watches the parent’s demise (Lion King, Bambi)

Enslaved (Cinderella)

Poisoned (Snow White)

Cast out (Lion King)

Cursed (Sleeping Beauty)

Crippled—No voice, can’t walk (Little Mermaid)

Humiliation (Dumbo)

Kidnapped (101 Dalmatians)

Imprisoned (Pinocchio)

Racism (The Fox and the Hound)

Lost (Finding Nemo)

Feeling unwanted (Chicken Little)

Just plain sad beginning; I cried like a baby (Up)

Wow...I know there are more, but I started to get depressed.

And that, my friends, is just one of the reasons my characters experience such tragedy—it’s what I know.

Until next time, happy reading, my friends!


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  1. LOL, you know, kids movies are REALLY depressing! Don't forget, Finding Nemo also had death of a spouse at the beginning! I remember being so excited to watch that movie and ready to turn it off as soon as started! Talk about depressing! Guess it's the way we teach our children about life by coating it with a little bit of sugar.

    1. Exactly... As the adage goes...what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. I wish it weren't true, but it is. When tragedy strikes, we seek out friends, family, and God. When we triumph over adversity, we often learn from it and come away stronger... AND...something most of us forget... I think we go through troubles so that maybe...someday we will be able to help someone else through the same thing. :)

  2. I love your snapshot analysis of fairy tales. Well done. Children have always been fascinated with the dark side. Kids love to imagine the monsters in the closet. The Brothers Grimm were champs at scaring little ones. I watched Danny Kay in Hans Christian Anderson this weekend. What an upbeat delight... brought back fond memories. Thanks for your post. Enjoyed it. :)

    1. Thank you, Barbara! Kids do love the unseen...heck...I still have to close the closet door before I go to bed. Honestly, I don't think I could sleep otherwise. LOL! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I have your modern-day fairy tales on my Kindle and can't wait until they pop up to read. Have a great day, my friend. :)