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Fairytale is an instance of a folklore genre that takes the form of a short story. Such stories typically feature mythical, and often magical, entities, such as dwarfs, dragons, elves, fairies, giants, gnomes, goblins, griffins, mermaids, talking animals, trolls, unicorns, or witches, and usually magic or enchantments. In most cultures, there is no clear line separating myth from folk or fairy tale; all these together form the literature of preliterate societies. Fairy tales may be distinguished from other folk narratives such as legends (which generally involve belief in the veracity of the events described) and explicit moral tales, including beast fables. The fairytale aesthetic can be seen as a subtype of both Fantasy and Ethereal. Visuals may have a distinct crossover with Fairycore, Cottagecore, Royalcore, and sometimes Mermaidcore.


Books and Stories[]

Note that many of these stories have been adapted, and their original versions may not be as popular or influential as later retellings.

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
  • Cinderella by Charles Perrault
  • The Frog Prince by the Brothers Grimm
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Robert Southey
  • The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Little Red Hen
  • Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault
  • The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
  • Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm
  • Robin Hood
  • Rumpelstiltskin by the Brothers Grimm
  • Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault
  • The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Snow White by the Brothers Grimm
  • Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum


  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Glitter
  • Gems
  • Wood
  • Nature, especially undiscovered nature
  • Fields
  • Flowers
  • WildflowersBouquets
  • Vines
  • Thorny vines
  • Mushrooms
  • The forest
  • Swamps
  • Long rivers
  • Paths through nature
  • Small villages
  • Cabins
  • Camps
  • Campfires
  • Castles and palaces
  • Ornate design
  • Carriages
  • Long, heavy curtains
  • Wall clocks
  • Lanterns
  • Lily pads
  • Candles
  • Mirrors
  • Tea
  • Books
  • Roman numerals
  • Fairies
  • Wings
  • Mice
  • Frogs
  • Cats


  • Gold
  • Silver
  • White
  • Glitter
  • Gems
  • Lace
  • Ribbon
  • Complex patterns
  • Layers of large fabrics
  • Translucent materials
  • Embroidery
  • Puff sleeves
  • Satin
  • Silk
  • Dresses, especially ball gowns
  • Skirts
  • Corsets
  • Capes and cloaks
  • Heels, especially stilettos
  • Flats
  • Jewelry
  • Crowns and tiaras