Fairy Tales Polls
Polls about Fairy Tales
Do you like polls? Do you like fairy tales? Of course you do! Here are 50 short polls for my little social study project and your ultimate poll taking pleasure (and tons of easy points for members of Squidoo.
Who do you relate more? Who has more sympathies? What is more attractive to you? Who's side are you on? How do you like it? Well, let us find out together!
And don't forget... There is a bug which can log you out for taking polls too fast, especially if you use FireFox. So take your time or switch to Opera:)
Intro image is illustration by Anne Anderson from Beauty and the Beast, all images are public domain.
We don't have only people in fairy tales, there are also talking animals. They often perform in roles of magical helpers.
But don't confuse that with fables, where animals in many cases play the only roles - the stereotypical roles made only to personify specific human character.
We'll stay focused on fairy tales in this case!
Human or animal?
Knight or dragon?
If you really want to know more...
There are many books of fairy tales and many book about that subject, but this one is really special!
Here you will fin first written versions of Rapunzel, Cinderella, Puss in Boots and other famous stories, but written for adult audience and this is the book where brothers Grimm found the most of inspiration.
King or queen?
One interesting fact about fairy tales is look at main characters. There is widely known stereotype about male heroes being active and female characters being passive but when we look at top ten of most popular fairy tales we easily find tales with ladies in leading roles dominating.
It is hard to explain why. Maybe thanks to our society seeking for escape from reality? The fairy tale about the prince on white horse taking care of all our problems? Who knows?
Your fourth call
Wolf or raven?
The role of the animals
Animals in fairy tales have often a role of a helper. Wolf is probably the most ambivalent of all creatures in classic fairy tales. On one side it is a predator, destroying force, real danger, on the other we have many fairy tales where wolf can provide direct or indirect help to the hero.
Raven is another mythical animal. It is often associated with witchcraft. As one of the smartest animals raven can be a great helper too.
Witch or wizard?
There is always quest for something in every good story. Sometimes there is a pursuit after magic objects, sometimes in the end waits a pot of gold or maybe a handsome prince or beautiful princes. Now you decide what YOU prefer!
Six of fifty
Cap of invisibility or bottomless purse?
Power or trickery?
Poll number eight
Marriage or wealth?
Here we go with nine
Forgiveness or revenge?
20 percents and counting
Beauty or wisdom?
Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve or Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, Baroness d'Aulnoy?
O.k., I have to help with this one...
Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, Baroness d'Aulnoy and Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve were French writers in 17th century.
First coined the term 'contes de fees' (fairy tales) and second is the author of Beauty and the Beast.
Both are important part of literary history.
Giambattista Basile or Charles Perrault?
Brothers Grimm or Walt Disney?
Hans Christian Andersen or Oscar Wilde?
They have both written some very beautiful but also sad fairy tales.
Andersen and Wilde had many similarities in their private lives too.
Andrew Lang or Alexander Afanasyev?
Andrew Lang was collector and editor of fables and tales. Afanasiev made probably biggest collection of all folk and fairy tales ever. First was British, second was Russian.
Snow White or Briar Rose?
O.k., it's me again!
It seems everybody knows who is Snow White and only one of 50 visitors who is Briar Rose.
Briar Rose is now more known as The Sleeping Beauty!
Little Red Riding Hood or Cinderella?
Rapunzel or Belle?
Gretel from Hansel and Gretel or Gerda from Snow Queen?
Forty percents done
They are both damsels in distress, so we can compare them on this level.
Goose girl or Thumbelina?
Hans in Luck or Jack the Dullard?
The Frog Prince or Bearskin?
King Thrushbeard or The Swineherd?
It seems we need more content in this section, so I will ad few more tips:
- read a lot, but be critical
- check my other articles about fairy tales, picture books and literature for kids
- develop your own opinion, because, frankly, you are the one who will benefit from the knowledge and you certainly need different kind of knowledge than anybody else
- be open for new stuff
- leave me a comment
These fairy tales are less known to wider audience, so it seems appropriate to present them a bit:
Thrushbeard is a story about a prince being rejected by a picky princess who decides to teach her a lesson and he succeeds. They marry and live happily ever after. This is a part of classic collection by brothers Grimm.
Swineheard is pretty similar story about a prince and picky princess, but in this case her lesson is even more painful and we don't have happily ever after ending. This kind of end is typical for Hans Christian Andersen.
Speak and be heard!
Are fairy tales for children only?