It seems apparent fairy tales have made their reemergence. I’ve seen everything from the classic retelling with a twist to modern, futuristic, dark, even horror...pretty much every genre has their spin on it. I’m actually enjoying this trend because I like classic fairy tales. Granted, a classic fairytale isn’t what most people envision. I’m thinking Grimm’s; most people think Disney. But, no matter which version you’re familiar with they still follow a similar formula. One that most know and love.
And what’s not to adore about an enchanted kingdom, a beautiful girl meeting a handsome prince and, of course, the ever important happily-ever-after. Sounds perfect...sort of. I think the same fairy tale could also be interpreted as a beguiling kingdom entraps ordinary girl who meets complete stranger and is expected to instantly fall in love and/or marry. Hmm, that actually sounds frightening, especially if you’re the ‘ordinary girl’ with other plans in life.
Happily-ever-after is different for everyone, which means sometimes it goes against everything we learned as a child. This is what I like to call the anti-fairytale. It doesn’t mean the story won’t end happily. It simply means in order to get there we may have to go against the standard formula. Often we find ourselves presented with two different paths, each with its own pros and cons. One looks shiny and bright, but doesn’t necessarily mean it’s perfect. The other route may be a real challenge to venture down—you know the one...dimly lit, filled with bumps, uphill both ways, crappy phone reception, no place to stop to use a bathroom, incessant muttering of ‘are we there yet?’ (wait, that might just be a trip with my children...a very hard road to travel). Either way, the path is scary, the outcome is unknown and it’s definitely not the easy choice. But, when the time comes to make a decision, ultimately, only one question must be answered: Which of these paths leads to my happily-ever-after?
I like to think Gossamer is two-parts faery and one-part fairytale. (Which is why I spell faerytale with an ‘e’. The emphasis is on faery.) While the story focuses on Irish Legends involving Fae, it has a sprinkling of what should create the standard fairytale formula ending with a classic fairytale twist. So, can it still be considered a fairytale? Well, when your main character is a faery searching for her happily-ever-after, then it seems the only thing you could call it is a faerytale, right? So, yes. Kylie’s story is a faerytale. It may be flawed, but in the end, she will decide which path leads her to where she ultimately wants to be.
So which path would you choose—the fairytale or the anti-fairytale?
Renita Pizzitola writes Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. An avid reader herself, she has always enjoyed stories with witty humor, romance, and fascinating characters. Renita lives in Texas with her husband and two children. When not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and playing referee to her two typically adorable children.
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Shouldn't all faerytales end with happily-ever-after?
Kyla Ashbury is nearing her eighteenth birthday when a mysterious boy appears at school. Her instant attraction to him inexplicably awakens something inside her and she discovers her true identity.
Now, armed with the knowledge of her past, she is forced to leave behind the life she has always known for a new one filled with temptation, faery charm and magic, and a future she wasn't prepared for.
Kyla is left with a difficult decision…but no matter which path she chooses, someone will get hurt.