5 fairy tales about fashion – with the odd evil stepmother thrown in for good measure…

5 fairy tales about fashion - with the odd evil stepmother thrown in for good measure

Fashion has always been in fashion. Maybe it’s because clothes are a unique kind of magic. You don’t even need to be a die-hard fashionista to know the power they hold.

The right clothes can make you feel pretty or powerful. They can give you the confidence you need to conquer a business presentation or a cocktail party – and if you happen to be a princess in a fairy tale, clothes can even help you win Prince Charming or save your brothers. But beware, clothes also have the power to make you look like a complete ass!   Continue reading

5 fairy tales about love – with not so happily ever afters

5 fairy tales about love with not so happily ever afters
Fairy tales: the stories where the charming prince married the beautiful princess, and they lived happily ever after – or not.

As some of you may have noticed, I’m a big fan of fairy tales. One of the things I love most about them is that they are so different. Some are sweet, some are gory and not all of them end with a happily ever after. Sometimes things just don’t work out and you have to behead the princess. Continue reading

5 German fairy tales about food – from magical fruit trees to porridge floods

5 german fairy tales about food - from magical fruit trees to porridge floods

If you are a food-loving bookworm with a fondness for fairy tales, this may just be the perfect blog post for you!

Food is one of the most essential things we need in life (along with books, of course), yet we often take it for granted in the food-wasting western world. Back in the bad old days when fairy tales were everyone’s Netflix, food was not always easy to come by though. Starvation and the desire to eat well are therefore important elements in many fairy tales. Now, this may sound awfully depressing to read about, BUT it’s (usually) not. You see, these stories are filled with magical ways of escaping hunger and poverty, which Continue reading

5 fairy tales about fabulous footwear that may or may not try to kill you

5 fairy tales about fabulous footwear that may or may not try to kill you

Some love them, some don’t hate them, but we all need them. Whether you are a fan of high heels or prefer comfy slippers, shoes are something we all use in our daily lives.

They protect our feet when we need to get from A to B, and they can help us make a (fashion) statement. However, shoes can also get you maimed, married or make you miserable! Just throw in a dash of magic and anything is suddenly possible with a pair of shoes.

Below, I’ve compiled a little list with five of the best (in my opinion – feel free to disagree) fairy tales about shoes. Some are fun little tales with happy endings, others not so much, so there should be something for every kind of fairy tale loving bookworm! Continue reading

5 Danish fairy tales for travelling bookworms

5 Danish fairy tales for travelling bookworms

Do you need a break from everything? Is work or studies claiming all your time, and would you love nothing else than to pack a suitcase and just jump on a plane to somewhere else?

I know I would love to do just that. Unfortunately, it’s not possible – at the moment. However, just because we may be stuck where we are, it doesn’t mean that we can’t go on an adventure anyway. The five fairy tales below will all lead you on journeys to foreign countries with unique cultures – and it wouldn’t take you more than your commute to work or part of your lunch break to go there!

So let’s all just forget about our ever-growing to-do lists for a moment and take a trip through Hans Christian Andersen’s imaginative worlds. Continue reading

5 magical winter fairy tales to get you through a grey Monday

5 magical winter fairy tales to get you through a grey Monday

In the middle of winter when the days are short on sunlight and the nights seem to go on forever, the best place to be is definitely inside.

And winter is definitely a time for fairy tales! Even though we have modern conveniences such as electric light, heating, and Netflix, there is nothing quite like lighting some candles, wrapping yourself in a blanket and enjoying a good fairy tale (or 5) with a warm cup of tea.

So for all the people in the Northern Hemisphere who are looking for a bit of inspiration for their winter reading list (and all the people in the Southern Hemisphere who are looking to take their mind off the hot temperatures), these five fairy tales should be just the thing for you. Continue reading

Fantastic Fairy Tale Authors and Where to Find Them – The Europe Edition

Fantastic Fairy Tale Authors and Where to Find Them - The Europe Edition

Okay, so some of the people mentioned in this post will be pretty difficult to find because all of them are dead…. BUT that doesn’t mean you can’t check out the places that inspired them to write/collect some of the most magical folk- and fairy tales in Europe!

Below you’ll find a list of five interesting cities that all provided the perfect setting for the work of some awesome people who were instrumental in bringing us amazing stories within the fairy/folk tale genre.  Continue reading