Saturday, January 7, 2012

What's Your Favorite Fairy Tale?

Do you have a favorite fairy tale?  Did you grow up reading one of these magical stories over and over again?  I'm always looking for new and interesting fairy tales, so unique and foreign tales are welcome!  Of course, classics like Snow White and Beauty and the Beast are welcome too.  Just tell me what it is and why you like it in the "comments" section below and you'll be entered to win a free e-copy of The Selkie Spell!  I'll announce the winner at 8 o'clock on Monday evening.  Good luck!


  1. Snow White and Rose Red for the magic and Baba Yaga for the wickedness.

  2. My all time favorite Fairy Tale is Cinderella! I like it because no matter how old one is, this movie makes us believe in love!

  3. Hi Sophie! I just bought your book for my nook, but I'd love a chance to win and give a copy to my friend. She just got a new kindle for Christmas. :)

    My favorite is probably Rapunzel, because I always had long hair as a kid and pretended I was her ALL the time. :)

  4. Shrek II, such a funny commentary on fairytales and what makes a real happily ever after! Also, it was written for someone about my maturity level.

  5. I adore fairy tales, so it's hard to narrow it down to one favorite. But I'm a big fan of The Princess and the Pea because I was always sensitive about how/where I slept when I was a child and I loved that the princess's sensitivity to that pea is what proved she was special.

    Did you ever watch that cable TV series, Faerie Tale Theatre, Sophie? It was so much fun!

    Would love to win a copy of The Selkie Spell now that I have a Kindle!

  6. I'm probably dating myself here but my all time favourite fairy tale was Rumplestiltskin followed by Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty.

    As a gift for being a flowergirl, my gift from my cousin was the book 50 Famous Fairy Tales. I read it from cover to cover countless times.

    Would love to win a copy of The Selkie Spell to read using the Kindle app on my hubby's iPad. I think I get more use out of it these days than he does. But as he said, if he didn't want me to use it, he wouldn't have installed the app on it in the first place.

  7. Chris-just read on Wikipedia that in Russian tales Baba Yaga “flies through the air in a mortar, using the pestle as a rudder and sweeping away the tracks behind her with a broom made of silver birch.” I’d like to see you do a sketch of that!

    Chick Lit Goddess-are you sure it’s not because of the glass slippers? :) My best friend in college and I watched Ever After so many times I practically have it memorized. Love that movie.

    Crystal-thank you so much for buying a copy! Rapunzel is also one of my all-time favorites. I think because of the radish craving.

    Emily-All the Shrek movies were hilarious, but my favorite character in Shrek 2 would have to be Puss in Boots. Those eyes!

    Tracie-I haven’t read The Princess and the Pea in years. I’ll have to re-read that one this weekend. And, yes, of course I remember Faerie Tale Theatre. With Shelley Duvall? Those shows were so fun to watch as a kid! I wonder if any of the old episodes are online? I bet they would be so funny to watch now!

    Melanie-Rumplestiltskin is definitely a favorite of mine too. Have you seen ABC’s new show Once Upon a Time? His character is fantastic. Much better than the evil queen. And I love the idea of a fairy tale book as a gift for a flower girl in a wedding. I’ll keep that in mind for when I find my Prince Charming.

  8. Hello Sophie! I love fairy tales. Of course, I must choose Cinderella. After all, I am quite certain every girl wants to grow to become a princess. And Kate did it! Beautiful.

    Lisa Follett

  9. Have to say I love Sleeping Beauty because my mother was a tap/ballet teacher and put on "Sleeping Beauty" when I was too little to do much dancing. My sister got to be the Princess Aurora, and I was only a blue bird in the forest. How lame is that? She got to wear the fabulous blue taffeta dress and waltz and I just wore a blue feather boa, and flapped my arms.

    As the years progressed, she did Babes in Toyland, Snow White and others, but I begged her to do Sleeping Beauty again, since we had moved, and it would be a whole new audience. She finally agreed. I had to audition, like the other students, but I was positive I would get the lead.

    I was so excited the day she let us know our parts. All day long I imagined wearing that beautiful blue dress. The list was up. We all leaned in to see our parts. And there was mine:

    Melanie Sherman--Maleificent, Mistress of All Evil

  10. Sophie, looks like all the eps of Faerie Tale Theatre are available to watch at Hulu:

    I don't think I'm going to be getting much done the rest of the weekend! :)

  11. I have lots of favorites, but I'll have to go with Cinderella. Love the romance, the glass slippers, and of course, Prince Charming:) Obviously no need to enter me into the contest as I already have The Selkie Spell and loved it!!

  12. Mine is Sleeping Beauty. I loved the music and her dancing in the forest with the animals, how enchanting!

  13. I'm a Disney fairy tale girl all the way. As a child I was obsessed with the disney princesses. Let's just say I was much more girly than I am now! The fairy tale that has stuck with me the most is The Little Mermaid; however, it could be because I really like(d) all the musical numbers...

  14. My all-time favorite goes to Cinderella and not just the original but anytime there is a book or movie inspired by it, I'm there.
    As far as classic fairy tales to read go, The Day Boy and the Night Girl by George Macdonald is wonderful and my newest fairy tale love.

    Congrats on "The Selkie Spell" it looks really interesting!

  15. Thumbelina! It was my favorite Hans Christian Anderson tale. I loved that she was so small she could sleep on the silky seeds of a milkweed pod nestled into the curl of a fallen maple leaf and she had her own song!

  16. Lisa-I think you’re right that every girl wants to grow up to be a princess. And Kate is probably the classiest modern-day princess ever.

    Melanie-I LOVE this story. When I was in middle school, my drama dept put on Alice in Wonderland and I wanted to be the Red Queen so badly. I got cast as a card. Needless to say, I decided not to pursue a career in acting. How did you do as Maleificent, by the way?

    Tracie-That is so cool that they are online. Thank you for reminding me of these shows. I can’t wait to watch them all over again!

    Juliette-Who wouldn’t want to trade in housework for a pair of glass slippers?

    Rachel-I think we should all spend more time dancing in forests.

    Nicole-On our next run, let’s see how many Little Mermaid songs we can remember. Might make the miles go faster.

    Dorlana-I’ve never heard of The Day Boy and The Night Girl. I’m going to go look it up now!

    Susie-I adore Thumbelina. I’m fairly certain she’s watching over my garden right now. :)

  17. My favorite is Beauty and the Beast, which is the last fairy tale I discovered as a child. I found it in a Child Craft book, beautifully illustrated. I liked it because Beauty was the one doing the saving. :)

    I read the opening chapter of your book; it looks very promising!

  18. I'm trying to think of favorite fairly tales, but keep on coming back to Aesop's Fables. Not really fairy tales, but great, short stories with little lessons jammed packed in them like the boy who cried wolf. They're just so classic! I used to have a huge book filled with them and loved just flipping to a random page and reading it before bed!

  19. Tia-Yes, I’m a big fan of the woman doing the saving. :) Thanks so much for checking out the first few chapters of my story!

    Sara-As far as I’m concerned Aesop’s Fables are fair game. What makes a fairy tale a fairy tale anyway? Maybe that'll be my next blog post.

    On another note, it’s 8 o’clock on Monday night and that means… it’s times to announce the winners of a free e-copy of The Selkie Spell!

    Because I’m feeling extra generous today, I’m going to announce THREE winners!

    1) Melanie Sherman because I LOVED your story about being cast as Maleficent in your mother’s ballet.
    2) Tracie Banister because you tracked down the Faerie Tale Theatre episodes online and that’s how I’m spending my next snow day.
    3) Crystal Cook because I also had really long hair as a child and pretended to be Rapunzel all the time. :)

    If you won, send me an email at with the name and email address of the person you want me to send the book to (can be you or a friend), and what e-version you want (Kindle, Nook, etc.) Thank you all so much for stopping by and sharing your favorite fairy tales and stories with me. If you didn’t win, don’t worry, I’ll be doing more of these in the future and I hope to see you again!

  20. Sophie,

    Thanks SO much for the book. It is waving to me on my kindle shelf saying, "Read me" even though I'm in the middle of reading another.

    Unhappily, I was magnificent as Maleificent. Really showed my true character. Must be why I enjoy being able to torture my protagonists.

  21. I think I would have to say, "The Seven Swans". It has alot to do with Juliet Marillier's book, "The Daughter of the Forest" which is an amazing retelling of that tale.
    (I just put in a patron request at the local library for your book. Looking forward to reading it!).