Novels or stories that have some relation to fairy-tale mode

Below is a list of novels and stories that bear some relation to fairy-tale mode. This could be expanded in all sorts of directions, and towards the end I briefly indicate some of these -


Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
retold in Lang

The Adventures of Pinocchio - Carlo Collodi

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Wonderland Looking Glass

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
Wizard of Oz

The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
Wind In The Willows

The Jungle Book, Just So Stories - Rudyard Kipling
Just So Stories

Peter Pan - J. M. Barrie
Peter Pan

The Tale of Peter Rabbit, etc. - Beatrix Potter
Peter Rabbit

Winnie-The-Pooh - A.A. Milne

Stacey notes Narnia and Harry Potter, and we might add - Tolkien and the whole field of modern fantasy, (I'd like to draw attention to Tolkien's main shorter pieces: Farmer Giles of Ham, Leaf By Niggle, and Smith of Wooton Major, the latter two essentially adult fairy tales) - the precursors of modern fantasy (MacDonald and Morris spring to mind) - and many modern stories for children; Stacey remembers Billy Blue Hat and friends, and I remember Doctor Seuss’s “A Fish Out Of Water” from primary school, which was demanded constantly by the whole class, and which I would say is effectively a fairy story.

Without getting too carried away, we ought also to note a blurring of the category into - myths (e.g. Greek, or Biblical, such as Joseph, Noah and Jonah; Joseph is, I think, purely as story, one of the best in The Bible) - and legends (e.g. King Arthur, Robin Hood, both also popularised by Lang here, William Tell, Beowulf, Faust) - ghost and horror tales - urban legends - superheroes - iconic fictional figures.


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