The joy of reading fairy tales doesn’t end in childhood. Tolkien knew this well. In the words of Sue Vincent…
He’s right… by the time you reach an age with double figures, fairy stories are for babies… and you are no longer a babe. In just the same way that we cease admitting to the guilty affection for the music our parents liked as we grew, so do the books of early childhood get left upon the shelf… at least when anyone is looking.
We ‘progress’ to more complicated reading. Quite often the books we read as teenagers say more about how we would like to be percieved by the world, or reflect the adventures or romance that we long for at that age. Most of those stories, too, are as wildly fantastical as the fairy tales… but being set in ‘reality’, they are more acceptable to our fledgling egos.
Those who loved fairy tales may be lucky, making the early discovery of fantasy and science fiction… which may simply…
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I love reading fairy stories to my grandchildren! They are just as good as they always were!
Yes they are! Stories that have withstood the test of time are the best. And fairy tales fall into that category.
I love fairy tales and I always have to this day. I prefer reading fantasy that is akin to fairy tales! Thanks for a great post that is a joy to me and my rose colored glasses.
I knew you would love this, Karen. Fantasy is a grownup fairy Tale. Tolkien and others (like you) know this. Thank you, Karen.
That’s a good quote from Lewis, and a worthy reblog, Jennie. I have never forgotten any of my childhood books, and certainly think that there is nothing wrong with reading them at any age.
Best wishes, Pete.
What a marvelous quote, Jennie. I couldn’t agree more. Hugs.
Thank you, Teagan!