Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Good Fairy-Stories

I found Tolkien's arguments about how to write a "good" fairy-tale very interesting. I had never thought about it before, but it really is a very difficult thing to attempt to write! First of all, by Tolkien's rules, it should take place in a sort of off-shoot from our real world. It shouldn't be in the real world, but it should contain elements of the real world. However, it is also up to the author, or "sub-creator", to manipulate this world and make it into a totally new and believable world. I think the believable part is the hardest. We could all write stories and just change things or throw magic in to explain away differences, but to make it believable and real to the reader would be a challenge. As I read the essay, I kept thinking back to LOTR, and Tolkien really did a good job of making a believable world (of course we're talking about the rules that Tolkien gave for doing a good job so hopefully he followed his own rules!). He did create a world that is differnt from ours, but that you could almost see fitting into our world in the past. He made it into a real place, and I think that is the most important part of a good fairy-story: that it can be seen as real and reasonable.

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