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Needing to pick some people's brains...

I'm trying to come up with some fairytale stereotypes that I can poke a little fun at in a story, and I'm getting a little stumped. I mean, the fact that the hero and the heroine are always beautiful blonds with blue eyes is easy enough, but past that? Suggestions? When you think of stereotypical fairytale creatures, what comes to mind? Stereotypical or cliche scenarios?

I have some already pegged out for this story, but sometimes my idea of what is stereotypical does not match everyone else's, and it's always good to get a second opinion, right? ^_^;;

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sashalmiller
Mar. 23rd, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
Um... well, the rescuer is always big, strong, burly and smart vs. the likely slightly braindead and beautiful rescuee?

I would say there's always a happy ending, but there needs to always be a happy ending, so that cliché must stay.

Also, I'm assuming this is disney-fairytale-stereotypes? Not the horrible ones, with weird everyone dies endings? ^___^

Oh, also, generally a quest or a journey or some sort of trials before the rescuer gets to rescue, and generally there's royalty or nobility involved. (How neat would it be to see a fairytale enacted between peasants? ^___^)

Um, that's all I can think of...
magnet_dragon
Mar. 23rd, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
Mice are fairytale stereotypes squared. Extra points if they talk. Same thing goes if the main character can talk to animals--but no one else can.

12 o'clock midnight is, of course, the ultimate stereotype, but makeovers--the drabby young servant transformed into the gorgeous princess at the ball--is a close second.

Oh, and the prince *has* to be a prince. You never see the prince being a duke, or a baron or whatever. You rarely get to see him being a king.

Yep. *helpfull!*
thealisonbailey
Mar. 23rd, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
If you can find a copy of Into the Woods to watch (or, if you like you can read it), you'll come out of it with more than enough cannon foder. Just ignore how terribly written and thrown together the second act is. -_-;;
magnet_dragon
Mar. 23rd, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
*loves on Into the Woods* One of my nearby schools put it on and, while it was admitedly a highschool preformance, it was awesome.

It is indeed filled with stereotypes. Giants, yey!
thealisonbailey
Mar. 23rd, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
I'm currently stage manager on a production (from hell) at my college. Opening night in April 6, and we're cutting songs because 1.) the cast won't learn their lines and 2.) they're dragging the show out to six hours. X0
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thealisonbailey
Mar. 24th, 2006 02:35 am (UTC)
Don't get me wrong, I love the first act, and I think the second act could have worked really well, but it seems like the writers scrambled to stick "morals to the story" in there, and in that scramble, they forgot about things that had happened previously and didn't address some existing matters.

Which brings up a nice point (or at least a point that will keep me from feeling like I'm hijacking sky's question), fairy tales in their earliest forms don't really have much of a moral. Grimm's tales, as I remember them are simple good triumphs over evil scenarios. Aesop's fables, they are not. Little Red Riding Hood, if you want to consider it a fairy tale (what category do you put in and the three little pigs into?), has the biggest moral potential, but Snow White? What's the moral there? Don't take food from stangers?
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camliawaite
Mar. 24th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
The old crone who is really a younger witch and curses/ granta wishes.

Dragons

Towers- especially used to hold damsels.
juneprota
Mar. 28th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
Do you have a horse? The prince must ride a horse, a white horse. Because those are so very common, right.
lucy_lupin
May. 30th, 2006 06:02 am (UTC)
*wanders in late*
If there are any orphans in your story, they can never be "just" orphans. They always have to be the long-lost heir to the throne or a descendant of the royal family or something. Also pay attention to how the numbers three and seven are used in fairy tales, ie. the seventh child is always the lucky one who can do things that none of the others can. Which ties in with what maderr said above about the third child. Plus the hero of your story has to be capable of doing something that no one else is capable of doing, especially if it's impossible.
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