Tiberghien argues that “fairy tales are expressions of a personal quest to achieve deeper awareness. They are stories that illustrate our impulse toward a greater level of consciousness. You listen to them as you listen to your dreams. You befriend them, amplify their themes, enter into them, and act out their characters.”
I think that there’s much in the folk or fairy tale that overlaps with the mythic hero. It’s the same principle.
Fairy tales contain three basic parts:
- something happens to a character that creates a need, desire, or goal
- then the character pursues the need (desire, goal) and meets and struggles with an adversary
- then the character is transformed
In short, no matter if you’re writing a fairy tale for children or a graphic novel for adults, your story trajectory will remain the same: character, goal, action, resolution.
I think we’re beginning to see a trend here folks–good writing is just good writing (good storytelling is just good storytelling) no matter what the genre!