Sunday, 19 June 2011

Do You Believe in Magic?

There is a part of me that refuses to grow up. I'm not sure that I'll ever outgrow the fairy tales I loved dearly as a child, and the film versions of them. I can rewatch and reread these stories and always I am transported to another world, one where I am a child and everything seemed to magical, anything possible. I fully admit that I still like going to Disneyland too.
Of course there are fairy tales for adults; indeed many of the original fairy tales that we all kow and love were originally intended for adults, and were a lot darker than their Ladybird book/Disney versions.
So for all you grown-ups who still love magic, I have compliled a list of my favourite films and books that are sprinkled with princesses, witches and unicorns. For further reading go to a wonderful website with an in-depth list of fairy tales, and the many versions available of them.

The Dark Crystal
The Princess Bride
Amelie (not a typical fairy tale but I still consider it one)
The Company of Wolves
Snow White: A Tale of Terror
Hansel & Gretal
Pan's Labyrinth
The Wizard of Oz
Return to Oz
The Chronicles of Narnia films and original BBC series
The Neverending Story
Red Riding Hood
Alice in Wonderand (Disney)
La Belle et le Bete
Beauty and the Beast (Disney)
The Little Mermaid (Disney)
Sleeping Beauty (Disney)
Donkey Skin
Cinderella (Disney)
The Sword and the Stone (Disney)
Spirited Away
Peter Pan (Disney)
The 10th Kingdom (TV show)
Edward Scissorhands
Big Fish
The City of Lost Children
The Red Shoes

I've been recommended to watch No Such Thing, Alice, Paperhouse, Valerie and her Week of Wonders, Bluebeard, Suspiria and Wild at Heart also (the latter two aren't exactly fairy tales but are supposed to have an element of them in the story).
You check out more info on these films here

Grimm's Fairy Tales
Charles Perrault's Fairy Tales
Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
The Book of Lost Things
The Princess Bride
The Land of Oz Books
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Rose and the Beast
The Secret Garden
Tom's Midnight Garden
Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales

Also, of course the Harry Potter books and films. I read half of the first book many years ago, and watched the first film, but I need to do some serious catching up.

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