Fairytales have been told for longer than the term fairytale has even existed. They are often confused with the terms legend or myth, yet some aspects of fairytales are different than those of legends or myths. Fairytales are known for incorporating magic and fantasy, while myths and legends tend to focus more on the supernatural. Myths and legends are believed to be true though there is some skepticism from the audience. Fairytales are assumed to be fictional, and are told to better understand the moral instead of learning about different events and people. Fairytales also tend to be longer than myths and legends because they usually have more sequences of events and more of a plot.
When I think of fairytales, I usually think with more specifics. Fairytales usually have royalty, princes, princesses, kings, and queens, who live in a castle somewhere far, far away. There is no time in these places and no other outside world; it’s as if they live in their own little bubble, to be untouched by anyone outside of their land. There’s usually an evil character, a witch, ogre, or monster, which causes problems that affect the main character, usually the princess. Eventually, there’s some sort of battle and in the end the good guy, the prince, always wins and comes to save his true love, the princess. I’m not saying this happens in all fairytales, but for the most part, this is usually the case for most.
Fairytales have evolved over the centuries, yet they still keep their same elements and same purpose. They are for all age groups, young and old, and no matter which age group, everyone is able to learn something from each fairytale.