Madame Leprince de Beaumont wrote many things but history remembers her almost exclusively by one single story: a fairy tale about the Beauty and the Beast. That's quite an irony considering she just rewrote already existing and published work by other authors. But that's the beginning...
What does a frog symbolize? Is it bad or good to dream about frogs? How the perception of frogs differ through cultures?
While everybody knows Hans Christian Andersen, Grimm brothers or Charles Perrault, they all 'borrowed' materials for their masterpieces from one single book written by Giambattista Basile. Who was this Italian writer, why is his work so important and why most of us never hear of him?
Constance Lloyd, for some time, referred as Mrs. Oscar Wilde played a major, although a mostly uncredited role in the life of her genius husband. As evidence shows she was extremely talented too.
Rapunzel is a classic fairy tale most known from (what else) Disney's adaptation titled Tangled. It is also a story about the search for freedom and fights against selfish control freaks.
The story of Bluebeard is based on real people and real events. Some know it as a fairy tale, others as a movie, but we all we should look at it as a cautionary tale. Who was real Bluebeard anyway?
It looks everybody knows the story about Little Red Hen in at least one of many known versions with different morals. It is a story with powerful message and many lessons to learn.
Andersen's Little Mermaid is much deeper and rewarding to the audience. than Disney animated movie. Why? It was originally written as a love letter!
Red riding hood is not just another story about good defeating evil. It is also great material for historical and social studies.
Many fairy tales share basic elements with classical myths. Beauty and Beast can be interpreted as Cupid and Psyche retold, but it shares basic elements with many other myths too.
Well known story about the sleeping beauty has many variations and sometimes pretty surprising interpretations. It is probably the most important truth about the origin of fairy tales too.