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Fairy Tales: list of free e-books and resources

Updated on January 31, 2016

Fairy Tales for kids - best list ever

Looking for a list of fairy tales for kids or simply for your pleasure? You are in the right place.

Here is a big list of popular fairy tales of all times, together with resources of classical stories and fairy tales, including collections of brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen.

Most of fairy tales you can read on-line or download them to enjoy them on your e-reader device wherever and whenever you want. Totally free! Enjoy the magical journey in the land of imagination:)

(All used images are Public Domain, sources: Clker.com, Wikipedia.org, Gutenberg.org and Archive.org)

G. K. Chesterton quote:

"Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."

Read them Online - This is only the first part of four!

Here is the ultimate listing of best sites dedicated to fairy tales with hundreds of fairy tales on-line:

Do you prefer audio or video versions?

Fairy Tales Transformations
Fairy Tales Transformations

Fairy Tales Stories

Experts are unsuccessfully trying to find a scientific definition for fairy tales stories for more than hundred years but we all know what we can expect from a fairy tale.

Like all stories it must have some interesting characters, some conflicts between characters and there must be some important event related to a goal of main character.

In fairy tales most often goals are searches for marriage and wealth. In fairy tales we can almost always find magical objects, magical creatures and magical transformations.

Are we ready for the list of fairy tales? Beware - these fairy tales are classics, not diluted and sweetened versions without real messages!

Fairy by Charles Perrault - illustrated by Harry Clarke

Source: Gutenberg.org, PD licence (Perrault's Fairy)
Source: Gutenberg.org, PD licence (Perrault's Fairy)

Click here to learn more about Harry Clarke's illustrations!

List of Classic Fairy Tales - Yes, this is the second part

Of course, we are talking about classics like Perrault, brothers Grimm and Andersen. All their works are public domain and we can download them on next addresses:

Classic Fairy Tales or Modern Fairy Tales? - Illustrated by Ivan Bilibin (source: Wikipedia.org, PD licence)

Do you prefer classic fairy tales or modern versions with less violance and more educational messages?

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Life is not always fair in fairy tales
Life is not always fair in fairy tales

My personal experience

Years ago when I started fairy tales and their background I was shocked when i found how 'dirty' can be some older versions of fairy tales like, for instance, The Sleeping Beauty.

But even more shocks came when I started to share my knowledge with wide world audience. It seems many people never heard the version where wolf eats Red Raiding Hood even exists!

This politically correct fairy tales where conflicts are reduced to minimum can be in my opinion very dangerous.

First of all: children can handle much more than we are in general willing to admit.

Second: classic fairy tales where hero goes through difficult tasks to achieve something precious teach us (not only kids) life can be cruel but it can also offer great rewards.

And third: parents have full control how much and when will their child(ren) get from supposedly too violent fairy tales.

I find this last one the most problematic of all. Many modern parents simply don't have time for their kids anymore. I ask myself: what can be more important than our children?

Albert Einstein quote:

"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."

C. S. Lewis quote:

"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."

Famous Tales by Known Authors - The third of the four part list...

A lot of fairy tales have unknown authors, but in last centuries there were many great writers who have written their own fairy tales from scratch. Here is a selection of finest:

Illustration by Enrico Mazzanti

Fairy tales started their history so long ago there is no way to find out who wrote 'original' Snow White, Jack and Beanstalk, Rapunzel or Goldilocks. But we certainly know who wrote some classics from last two centuries. Here comes the selection of out of copyright works:

List of longer stories for children by known authors - The fourth and last part!

(Just click the title of fairy tale and you can read it!)

This is important!

Most of classic fairy tales are in public domain on base author's life + 70 years, but you should always check the copyright laws in your country, the rights of translator and everybody involved before the specific version was published.

Before using in any way always check and double-check!

Please be so kind to add an address related to fairy tales you found interesting. Our intention is to make the most complete list of fairy tales resources in the world. This simply means we will never get out of work... And thanks for stopping by!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @tazzytamar: Thank you very much!

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      This is definitely the best list I've ever seen for fairy tales!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @yayang0405 lm: My pleasure:)

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      yayang0405 lm 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these resources.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Sorcerers Stone: I a working on Oz for weeks now, and totally understand you.

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      Sorcerers Stone 3 years ago

      Another great resource! I had never heard (seen) that quote from Einstein- I am sure I will use it somewhere! Thanks. There are so many great fantasy works now. One day I would like to interpret Wizard of Oz- but then again I' want to do the Odyssey, and the Kalevala, and....

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @WriterJanis2: Thanks!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      Checking this out again. I so love your fairy tail lenses. I will pass this on to my daughter.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Sojournstar Media: I appreciate your visit too.

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      Angela Hobbs 3 years ago from The TARDIS

      Thank you for your visit again Tolovaj , have payed it forward by visiting another of your awesome lenses!!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Stellar list you have composed, truly top notch!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Greathaul2013: Indeed!

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      Greathaul2013 4 years ago

      Fairy tales have some of the coolest art work. Nice lens.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @wiseriverman: Very happy to hear that! It is a classic story which should be known to younger generations too.

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      wiseriverman 4 years ago

      I was so happy to see The Princess and the Goblin. I love that story but I wasn't able to remember its name for years. Thanks for helping me with that!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @WriterJanis2: Great!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Came back to pin this.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @sha-ron: Yep, imagination is undervalued in my opinion and if we give our children more chance to develop theirs, maybe our world can become a better place.

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      sha-ron 4 years ago

      love this lens, I think fairy tales for children are great as they allow their imagination to grow

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @soaringsis: They really do!

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Fairy Tales spark the imagination of all.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Grandma-Marilyn: Thanks, I will expand it...

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Hi, just stopping by again to leave a comment for a quest about fairy tales. :-) I can't think of a better one except for a couple more of your fairy tale lenses.

      TonyB

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      Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

      Wow! This is a great list of fairy tales.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @takkhisa: :)

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Hi Tolovaj! What an interesting lens you have created! It is just excellent. :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @tonybonura: Thanks, it is very appreciated!

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Since I became an angel a couple of days ago I decided to come back here and bless this lens. Thanks for such a great job on these fairy tales. I especially like the quote from Einstein. I did not know he had said that.

      TonyB

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @tonybonura: Enjoy!

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Thanks for the list. I have bookmarked this lens so I can check back later when I have more time to download and read all those books you have included here.

      TonyB

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @ismeedee: Thank you!

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Definitely a comprehensive list! Brilliant!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @dellgirl: I hope it is!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this list of free e-books and resources, itâs very helpful.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: O, ja!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      stare pravljice so zakon za otroke.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Tennyhawk: Thank you, my pleasure.

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      Tennyhawk 4 years ago

      Love the list, Tolovaj. Excellent read, as always.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Anna2of5: No need to rush, the list will probably become even larger:)

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      Anna2of5 4 years ago

      I am overwhelmed by all the choices available here, its a good dilemma. :D I will have to return to delve deep in all you present here. Thank you for doing this.

      Sincerely, Anna2of5

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @donnetted: Thanks:))

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @sailor_man: You lost the end of the sentence, right?

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      A beautiful lens with exceptional resources... I have returned to bless this wonderful lens. Thank you... Blessed by a Squid Angel x

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      sailor_man 4 years ago

      This lens is pretty cool and I'm happy to look at my

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @ATTHED LM: Thanks for your visit!

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      ATTHED LM 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great list. I have nothing to add I'm afraid

      I really agree with C.S. Lewis and thanks for reminding me of it.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @faulco blogger85: Now you can enjoy them again!

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      faulco blogger85 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing! I loved reading the wizard of oz books :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: My pleasure!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a wonderful resource for fairytale lovers! Thanks for sharing this!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @CoolFool83: They are some kind of foundation of our society.

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      Wow, this is an awesome lense. I grew up on many of them.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @WriterJanis2: Great!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Melissa Miotke: I still love fairy tales!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Wonderful fairy tales. Blessed!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      My daughter is at an age now where she loves fairy tales.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @greatwriters lm: Agree!

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      greatwriters lm 5 years ago

      Never underrate fairy tales. They are for young and old alike!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Did you know in the book they were not red, but for movie script they changed them to red color, because Wizard of Oz was one of the first color movies?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh, Wizzard of Oz ... I loved that fairy tale so mach that I named my daugter Doroteja ... now I am just waiting for her to grow up, so that we can buy her a pair of red shoes:).

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @aiyaya: Thanks!

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      aiyaya 5 years ago

      beautiful fairy tales

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you for your kind words.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Excellent lens with quotes from my favourite personalities.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Hypersapien2: Thanks!

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      Very Nice lens!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Ajeet: Thank you!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @OliviaDaughter LM: Thanks for your visit!

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      Ajeet 5 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: You are welcome. I really love your lenses.

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Ajeet: Thank you!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @joanhall: I'll check it!

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      Ajeet 5 years ago

      Nothing is missing. This is a great lens :)

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      Joan Hall 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      I did a rewrite of a fairy tale. It's here on Squidoo -- A new version of Cinderella. https://hubpages.com/literature/rewrite-of-cindere

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: My words exactly:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fairy tale is something that will never go out of style.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @SailingPassion LM: I am grown up and still love them!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @dumhaka: Thank you very much:)

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      SailingPassion LM 5 years ago

      Kids are grown up, but we still all love fairy tales :-)

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      dumhaka 5 years ago

      This lens is great, I love to read it here. thanks for share

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Agreed:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! Fairy tales are the basis for most stories, even today!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @pcgamehardware: I'll try to add more!

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      pcgamehardware 5 years ago

      Fantastic collection of some the best classic fairy tales, thanks for sharing these really great resources. :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Craftypicks: Enjoy!

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Great lens. I just started reading the true fairytales. Not what I remembered as a kid.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @KReneeC: Fairy tales all the way:)

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      KReneeC 5 years ago

      I LOVE this lens! I've always enjoyed fairy tales and have read them to my kids since they were newborns! Can NEVER go wrong with fairy tales!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @ogrote: Thank you!

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      ogrote 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @MelanieMurphyMyer: This makes two of us:)

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      MelanieMurphyMyer 5 years ago

      I love this lens. :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Steve Dizmon: Thanks!

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      Steve Dizmon 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I do not have any links to add, but I do appreciate your effort in preserving the heritage.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @BodyLanguageExp: You are welcome:)

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      BodyLanguageExp 5 years ago

      I'm loving the fairy tales. Lovely to see them available here. Thank you so much.