Blog Tour: You Know You’re a Fairy Tale Blogger When…

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Time for a bit of fairy tale fun! How do you know you’re a fairy tale blogger? Many others have been sharing their reasons, and now it’s my turn!

Here’s a roundup of the other wonderful bloggers who have taken part in this blog tour:

Kristin – Tales of Faerie
Gypsy – Once Upon a Blog
Heidi – SurLaLune
Adam – Fairy Tale Fandom
Kate – Enchanted Conversation
Kristina – Twice Upon a Time
Christie – Spinning Straw Into Gold
Megan – The Dark Forest
Cate – Something to Read for the Train 

Here’s my list:

– You can rationalise any book purchase by saying it’s fairy tale related, and therefore you need it for your blog.

– Your bookworm friends and family get excited when you say you’ve bought a new book, anticipating what it is and wondering whether it’s something they might want to borrow. Then they realise it’s fairy tale related AGAIN and sigh at you and shake their heads.

– You constantly have piles of fairy tale anthologies beside your bed, and dip into them at random when you can’t sleep.

– You get really snobby when you hear people talking about Disney films, and have to fight the urge to butt in and say something like ‘oh no, the original version is nothing like that!’

– The Aarne-Thompson classification system will always amaze you, no matter how many times you study it.

– You’ve read so many fairy tales that they’ve all jumbled together in a big mush in your brain, so often you can’t tell what character or plot event belongs to what story.

– Similarly, when you try to think of an example of a specific type or motif your mind goes blank and you have to scramble your way through the mush. This usually ends up with you trailing through Google & your bookshelf in bewilderment.

– You insist on reading obscure fairy tales to your housemates, in the hopes of educating them.

– When ‘gender roles’ and ‘Cinderella’ come up in a discussion, your friends run away in fear for their lives.

– You go into the library and ask for fairy tale books, then have to specify you mean ones for adults, to which the librarian responds with ‘I didn’t know there were any!’ and know you’re in the wrong town.

– When you’re out and see something fairy tale related you have to take photos of it, so you can turn it into a blog post (and often you don’t get around to writing that post for awhile, so you end up with hundreds of random pictures clogging up your phone!)


That’s it from me – for now at least. I’m sure I will discover many more reasons as I continue my fairy tale blogging journey!

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Amelia Starling is a writer and folklorist. She graduated from the University of Winchester with a degree in Creative Writing, and is Senior Editor for Folklore Thursday. She loves travelling and collecting stories, and spent 15 months living in Japan doing this alongside teaching English. Currently she is living in Scotland and studying for a masters degree in Ethnology & Creative Writing. Amelia blogs about folklore and fairy tales at The Willow Web. You can follow her on Twitter @amyelize.

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6 thoughts on “Blog Tour: You Know You’re a Fairy Tale Blogger When…

  1. Glad you liked it, it was really fun to do! And that library didn't even have a system, just books in semi-alphabetical order or author. It was tiny so probably why. My uni library uses the Dewey Decimal system though, and I know 398.2 off the top of my head as well! I also know the location of that shelf, so I automatically head there without even having to check haha!

  2. Sure, it's not at all about living out some sort of Sleeping Beauty or Rumpelstiltskin fantasy. Fairy tale fans never do stuff like that.

    By the way, anyone want to buy a cow? I take payment in legumes. Preferably beans.

  3. That's right, we totally don't do anything of the sort *sneakily hands you a bag of legumes for the cow*

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