We all have had some favourite stories that our parents used to read to us, and I don’t know about you guys but I used to wish they were true and one day same would happen to me as well. So basically I am still waiting for my prince charming and fairy godmother.
1. Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs:
A queen obsessed with her beauty, a princess in distress and a group of dwarf brothers in the lonely woods all strewn into a popular tale read over the years on the sofa close to the fireplace. Every child’s must read before their hair turns white.
Snow white since the book came out, has been the favourite character of all time.
The most popular and recognized character in the world of fairy tales and children’s fiction, this book tells us of the rags to riches story of an ordinary Baghdad boy who by a sheer twist of fate meets a genie. With Disney adapting this story, its popularity simply soared. It figures on our list because of its simplicity and of course, the genie.
A little different from usual stories but truly one of the best.
The reason why it is one of the best is because the essence of the story stands true in the lives of nearly all the girls even today. They may or may not have a wicked step-mom and jealous step-sister but the ambition to meet the prince charming of their dreams is not dead and gone. This story surely creates dreams and weaves fantasies around the multitudes of pretty faces who are silently waiting for that special one. Is the fairy god-mother listening?
*this story made all girls that believe there is some prince charming out there waiting /looking for you*
4. Alice in Wonderland:
The specialty of this masterpiece is the creation of a unique fictional world inhabited by the strangest of all literary characters which leaves a deep impression on the minds of even first-time readers. The book has such cute characters but at the same time strong emotions.
One of the most recited stories ever. The adventures of the humble woodcutter and his exploits against the band of forty thieves have been glorified in countless television and film adaptations. Not only this, the story has been translated into a host of leading languages including regional Indian.
6. Gulliver’s Travels:
A giant man shipwrecked on a land inhabited by the tiniest humans. Lilliput, created by Jonathan Swift in the book, has almost become an adjective for all things small. With the passage of time the popularity has just grown through its countless adaptations. One of the best adventures, everyone wishes to experience.
7. Peter Pan:
After reading this story you’ll find yourself questioning, “Can’t I remain young forever?” When JM Barrie wrote this book, he created a world where children will remain children and aptly named it Neverland—a place where you never grow up. The author was of the opinion (and perhaps rightly so) that growing up brings miseries in one’s life. However there has been a constant growth–in the number of readers.
8. Puss in Boots:
It is about a miller’s son who is left a cat in his father’s will. The miller’s son is not too delighted with his inheritance until the cat assures him that he can make the young man’s fortune. All the cat needs is a pair of boots. It is a story of a con man in the disguise of a cat doing the seemingly impossible for a master who does little to deserve such help. The cat makes him richer than he could possibly have imagined and he marries the most beautiful princess. Angela Carter’s retelling is a favourite of mine. It is told from the point of view of the cat who is incredibly sexy and uses all his charms to win the hearts of everyone he meets.
9. Beauty and the Beast
This is a favourite fairy tale of mine. It is a story that has fired the imagination of many writers including Angela Carter, who wrote Mr and Mrs Beast, and it inspired Jean Cocteau’s film La Belle et la Bete. Perhaps it is the most intellectually satisfying of all the stories because it’s to do with love in its truest form, about seeing through perceived ugliness to the goodness of the heart underneath. The heroine has to change in order to discover that love isn’t all about superficial looks.
These are few fairy-tales that I have grown up on, and if you know these stories your childhood was amazing.