Saturday, November 29, 2014

Going Back in Time...

     Looking back on all the blogs I have written and the material we have covered throughout the semester, I am pleasantly surprised with the amount of information I have been taught.  In the very beginning of the semester, we worked as a class to ascertain what is the true meaning of a fairy tale.  As a direct result of the discussions in class, I defined my own personal interpretation of what it means to be a fairy tale in the second blog.  Having this foundational definition was very crucial before moving forward and delving into the analytical process of numerous specific fairy tales.  Some of these covered were "Hansel and Gretel", "Cinderella", and "Snow White", where I upheld the true nature of the course and compared the original Grimm tale to the Disney film adaptation.  During the week that we discussed "Cinderella", we analyzed my favorite fairy tale on a much deeper level by proving the assertion that the tale follows the common motif of "rags to riches through magic and marriage".  Near the middle of the course, we were instructed to evaluate other class member's blogs
in an attempt to critically view our own and the progress we have made so far.  By perusing the other blogs, I was not only able to measure my own growth up against that of my classmate's, but also I was able to see their opinions and analytical interpretations, many differing from my own.

     Continuing with a look at different fairy tales, we covered "The Frog King", "Little Red Cap", the Bluebeard tales, and "Rapunzel" as topics for our blog posts.  Whether comparing the tale of "Cupid and Psyche" to "The Frog King" in blog seven or finding cartoons that highlighted motifs within the tales of "Little Red Cap" and "Rapunzel" in blogs eight and ten respectively, I gained a better perspective on the stories and the meaning behind the transition from print to film.  In my very first blog, I stated that it was my wish to
see how Disney was able to spin the rather dark, original stories of the Brothers Grimm in such a positive light for an audience primarily comprised of young children.  Now, scanning through my brain and blogs at all the information we have covered in this class, I feel as though I have met and even surpassed this original goal of mine.  I have most indeed learned the ways and methods in which Disney altered the original tales, but I have additionally analyzed the texts and films at a much deeper level, sometimes more than was expected.  But it is through these thorough investigations where I have truly learned the most valuable data and obtained skills in order to take with me into future courses throughout college and beyond.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair"

          Scanning through the different cartoons that have been published centered around a Rapunzel motif makes for an interesting experience.  I viewed one cartoon that chose to portray Rapunzel as a cannibalistic princess who would lure men to climb up her golden hair so that she could bind them and feast on their bodies.  The cartoon highlighted a particular man who came along and pointed out the possibility of it being easier for her to come down rather than him to come up based on the fact that he weighed presumably more than her.  The last panel of the cartoon ended with Rapunzel of course being mad that a smart man had finally come along and ruined her plans of his future imprisonment.

By: Conservatoons
           Regardless, the cartoon that I chose to discuss is one that addresses a feminist approach to the Rapunzel tale.  Hair can be considered a feminine symbol in every genre, but it is in this story where the symbol gains particular strength as Rapunzel's seemingly infinite, golden yellow hair is what identifies her.  In a similar manner, the Disney version of Tangled points the focus towards the significance of Rapunzel's magic hair by depicting the hair as a commodity.  It is a product that Mother Gothel is willing to kidnap Rapunzel as a young child for because she wants the power of Rapunzel's hair to keep her young forever.  Once she takes Rapunzel from the king and queen, she locks Rapunzel in a tower, and raises her as her own, continually telling Rapunzel that the dangerous world is no place for a young girl with magic hair.  This cartoon shows a man approaching Rapunzel's tower and asking for her to let down her hair, like in any of the versions of the tale.  With a blast of feminism, Rapunzel answers that she would "sooner shave [her] head...than let any man use [her] as a stepping stone" (Conservatoons).  In other words, the Rapunzel figure in this cartoon feels very highly of herself and would be so bold as to cut off all of her hair, or erase that part of her identity, than let a man climb up her tower.  She is not willing to let any man walk all over her, and is thus more apt to sacrifice an important part of herself than to succumb to the whims of a man.  I still think that this idea conflicts a bit because in her attempt to uphold feminism and not let a man get the better of her, she still would be willing to surrender a part of her identity for the cause.  However, I suppose it is the message that matters in that case.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sonnenallee: A Film of Fairy Tale Characteristics

            On Friday evening, November 14th, I watched the movie, Sonnenallee.  I had neither seen nor heard of this movie prior to seeing it just yesterday, but I knew that it had to be an excellent film.  I based these conclusions on the facts that it is a German movie and the content of the film addresses the conflict between East and West Germany, or more specifically, East and West Berlin during the 1970s.  The film centers around the life of Micha, who is a 17-year old boy growing up in East Germany, and his quest to win the love of fellow classmate Miriam Sommer.  Embedded within Sonnenallee's plot are indeed characteristics of fairy tales that can be analyzed and interpreted to ascertain a different meaning.  One such feature of the film that is attributed with many fairy tales is the idea that these stories are marked by stark contrasts.  In the case of this particular film, this is gathered from the idea that the geeky boy with nothing special about him was able to win the heart of the girl who was so popular and beautiful that she literally stopped traffic.  Although it took much persistence and determination on Micha's part, he was able to prove his love for Miriam in the end.  

            Another trait of the fairy tale that is exhibited in Sonnenallee is the concept of character isolation.  It is typical in most fairy tales for only a few characters to be present, and ultimately this is for the reason that the main action of the story is more clearly defined and accurately carried out.  In the film, there are many more characters than is to be expected in the average fairy tale, but each character or group of characters is following their own isolated storyline.  Micha is pursuing the love of Miriam, and simultaneously battling his feelings on signing up for military service.  Mario becomes dedicated to loving his girlfriend, Sabrina, and caring for her as he learns they have conceived a child together.  Wuschel spends the entire movie doing everything he can to procure a forbidden record of the Stones.  Overall, there are many more examples that outline the isolation of the characters; thereby, explaining how this characteristic of a fairy tale is present in Sonnenallee.  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Different Colors of "Blue Beard"

            The three different versions of the story of "Bluebeard" ultimately follow the same plot with a few unique twists here and there.  Both the Grimm tales, "The Robber Bridegroom" and "Fitcher's Bird", as well as Perrault's "Blue Beard" contain only one single element of magic: the key that remains blood-stained.  There is most definitely a magic ingredient acting here as the blood from the key should be able to be wiped from its surface, but beings as it cannot be removed, it is clear that magic is at work.  In all three of the stories, many of the symbols and characters are also very similar.  The magical key represents temptation before it is soiled, and disobedience after it has become dyed with blood.  The presence of the locked room that the Blue Beard character forbids his wife to enter likewise represents the temptation as it is the ultimate test of whether or not she can heed his order to not enter, despite her having the power to do so with the key.  Also, in the three versions, there is a character presence that represents security and protection as the different characters help to save the wife from her death.  In conclusion, all versions contain murder and exhibit the absolute brutality of men.  Unlike many other fairy tales, these three versions consistently portray marriage as unhappy because the tales start with marriage, but end with execution. 

            In discussing some of the differences between the three versions, it is interesting to note how the wife is chosen.  In "Blue Beard", a rich lady who lived next to Blue Beard was given the choice of picking which of her daughters would wed their rich, yet frightful neighbor.  Although harboring objections at first, the younger daughter eventually willingly enters into a marriage with Blue Beard.  On the other hand, "Fitcher's Bird" reveals a version of Blue Beard which utilizes sorcery to literally kidnap each of a man's three daughters before the youngest daughter uses her cunning to outsmart the sorcerer and prove herself worthy of his marriage.  In "The Robber Bridegroom", a miller marries his daughter off to a man whom he believes to be of the right stature for his daughter.  The daughter in the story is not fond of her father's choice and doesn't trust him from the very beginning.  The deaths of the Blue Beard character also vary slightly throughout the different versions, where the French fairy tale has Blue Beard killed at the hands of the brother's swords, "Fitcher's Bird" details a fiery death of Blue Beard and his guests as she and her relatives manage to lock them all in his house before setting it on fire, and "The Robber Bridegroom" reveals how the Blue Beard character and his buddies are all executed by the magistrate for the crimes they have committed. 

            My favorite of the three versions was definitely "The Robber Bridegroom" because the maiden in the story appeared to be such an innocent, naive character in the beginning, but surprised the reader with her clever plot to recount her adventure in front of all their wedding guests.  The idea to mask it as a dream is very inventive and fascinating.  I also find it very interesting that the power of the narrative is so stressed by this version; after all, the story she told is the very thing that saved her young life. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Dynamic Little Red

Guy & Rodd - #4
     While searching for cartoons, I stumbled upon Guy & Rodd's depiction of the common "Little Red Riding Hood" theme that Red is portrayed as an innocent and naive young girl.  On the contrary, this social cartoon works to challenge that of the original Grimm's tale in that Red actually acts on her suspicions.  In the Grimm version, she approaches and holds a conversation with the wolf in the forest because she doesn't know any other way.  After the wolf distracts Red by encouraging her to pick some flowers to take with to her sick grandmother, he runs ahead, swallows the grandmother whole, and then impersonates her.  When she arrives at her grandmother's house, Red enters apprehensively, noting an unusually strange feeling.  However, she squashes these emotions, and continues to her grandmother's bed.  Here, Red finds a version of her grandmother with bigger ears, larger hands, and a huge mouth.  Even though she asks the "grandmother" about the increase in size of the aforementioned body parts, Red does not act on her doubts and no sooner suffers the same fate as that of her grandmother.
     The text of this cartoon most definitely highlights Red's suspicions when it comes to the wolf's impersonation of her grandmother, but it also reveals her to be more of a clever girl.  Her naiveté is rather nonexistent in this interpretation because she points out that it is clear the wolf is just that, a wolf.  By following that with the personal reflection where she states, "I'm not an imbecile", this cartoon is almost poking fun at the Brothers Grimm for creating such a character that was blind to what was right in front of her.  By using such a strong word as "imbecile", Guy & Rodd express their opinion that Red was a stupid young girl who most definitely should have noticed that it was not really her grandmother lying in the bed. 
     I understand that when it comes to fairy tales, events within the story must take place in order to keep the plot moving and ultimately come to the author's desired conclusion in the end.  However, this point sometimes makes it difficult to sit back as the reader and watch a young girl just ignore the blatant signs that a hungry wolf is doing his best to try and eat her.  For these reasons, I like this particular cartoon very much because it changes Red from a immature, passive character to a more intelligent, active female character.  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Love Conquers All

            After reading the old Greek tale of "Cupid and Psyche", I see some differences and similarities between this tale and that of the Brother Grimm's "The Frog King".  To start, the old Greek tale of "Cupid and Psyche" follows the story of a king's youngest daughter.  Like in Grimm's "The Frog King", she is the youngest of three daughters, and her beauty is absolutely stunning.  In the original Grimm version, even the sun who has seen nearly everything is awestruck by her beauty; however, the tale of "Cupid and Psyche" details Venus's jealously, for the young princess steals away all of her men.  Beyond this similar beginning, the two accounts take rather different ways to ultimately end the same with the young princess marrying and living happily ever after.

            "Cupid and Psyche" reveals much when it comes to trust and whether appearance is vital in a loving relationship.  After the oracle prophesied Psyche's marriage to a monster on the top of a mountain, her parents led the young princess up the mountain and abandoned her there.  Upon exploration of the mountaintop, Psyche was met with an ornate, magical home that housed her husband and seemingly everything she could ever want.  Her husband never made his physical appearance known to Psyche, and justified that  this sort of relationship was better for the both of them.  By the damaging advice of her older sisters, Psyche prepared a lamp to view her mysterious husband whom she had already come to love so much.  As she leaned in to get a better look at her beautiful husband, a drop of the oil from her lamp fell onto her husband.  He flew out of the window in a flash and she followed him.  Unfortunately, lacking the capability of flight, she plummeted to the ground.  Despite her disobeying the trust that Cupid had set up with Psyche, he still cared for her, and in the end saved her from his own mother, Venus, once again.  Thus, Cupid was able to forgive Psyche, and their marriage was filled with enduring love.

              A similar theme occurs in "The Frog King", where the young princess makes a promise to the frog that she is meant to honor.  Despite her repeated breaking of this promise, the frog persists without giving up on her.  This commitment is truly tested when she becomes so angry that she throws him against her bedroom wall with an incredible might.  Ignoring the fact that this is the act that turns the frog back into a human prince, he still is willing to love her after this.  Frog or prince, it is still a powerful statement that he puts up with all of her nonsense out of love.  In the end, like in "Cupid and Psyche", the two marry and live happily ever after with a love that will last forever.   

Friday, October 3, 2014

Blog Entry 6

      When it comes to overall blog presentation, I was especially fond of's overall appearance.  I particularly liked the fact that Kristen used titles to name each individual blog post as supposed to the generic "Blog Entry 5".  This is something that I will take into consideration when creating my own blogs in the future because I consider a well-placed title more visually appealing.  The pictures she chose to supplement the text of her blog additionally work to complement her arguments and opinions.  I also like how Kristen grabs the reader with her blog entries and turns them into an enthralling story, rather than a boring, weekly obligation.  Overall, I find Kristen's work to be the blog I like the most.
          I would have to say that I like's blog entry entitled "Snow White: A Tale of Hope" the most.  Hannah fully answers the questions that were asked, and consequently does so in an intelligent, organized manner.  While pointing out the differences between the Grimm version and the Disney film, I like that she specifically highlights how the title of the Disney movie, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", accounts for the greater emphasis put on the characters of the dwarfs in this 1937 film.  Although it seems so obvious, I don't know if I have ever actually put that fact together.  Her entry is also visually appealing and shows evidence of pre-planning.

            After viewing all the blogs, I would say that there needs to be an improvement when it comes to answering the questions fully and with personal insight.  Although there is a balance  between elaborating too much and just the right amount, "short and sweet" answers don't always do it justice when the proposed question still needs to be fully answered.  By not answering the question, you are only cheating yourself and quite possibly your grade.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Blog Entry 5

1937 Movie Poster
            Produced in 1937, Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" became the first full-length animated fairy-tale film ever made in history.  Disney illuminated the original "Snow White" written by the Brothers Grimm from his own perspective.  With that said, there are similarities between the film and the original tale, but there are also differences. 
            Both in the Disney film and the Grimm tale, Snow White is ruthlessly sought after by her evil stepmother/wicked queen because the queen longs to eliminate Snow White as an obstacle in her being the fairest of them all.   The wicked queen arranges for a huntsman to lead Snow White into the forest, murder her, and bring back proof of her death.  Another similarity between the two portrayals of "Snow White" is that Snow White makes a contract with the seven dwarfs, in which she will cook, clean, and keep house for them in return for them letting her stay there.  The dwarfs also warn Snow White to beware of her evil stepmother while she is left alone in the house in both genres, but nonetheless, the wicked queen convinces Snow White to take a bite of the poisoned apple, causing her to fall into a sleeping death.  In the end, however, both the movie and the Grimm tale conclude with Snow White and the prince living happily ever after, while the wicked queen suffers a painful death.

            In the Disney film, Snow White is portrayed as a scullery maid and an orphan with no sign of her birth parents.  This is different from the Grimm version where Snow White experienced the sentimental death of her mother early on, and her father is very much alive throughout the duration of the tale.  The arrival of the prince in the beginning of the Disney movie is also very different from the fact that he only appears at the end in the Grimm tale, thus playing a minor role in the plot.  In the Grimm tale, the dwarfs also play a more humble role than in the Disney movie where they are seen as rich, hardworking miners, and very easily the stars of the film.  In the tale, the wicked queen makes three different attempts to kill Snow White through the stay lace, poisoned comb, and the apple, but in the movie she only needs one time in order to succeed in tempting Snow White with the red apple.  The queen dies by accident in the movie, whereas in the tale, she is forced to dance in red-hot iron shoes at Snow White's Wedding.  Lastly, the movie has Snow White awakening from her slumber by true love's kiss, but in the tale it was indeed a stumble over some shrubs that dislodged the poisoned piece of apple from her throat which returns her to life. 
            There were two main reasons why Disney chose  to divert from certain content of the original version of the Grimm tale.  First, Disney was keen on the idea of self-figuration in that he was able to make a lasting mark on the film industry through his productions.  He took all the credit for the creation of the film by having his name plastered everywhere, and had himself embodied in the figure of the prince.  The second more important reason was to offer people hope in bad times.  As this film was produced in the midst of the Great Depression, American morality was at an all-time low, and the people needed to feel that their patience could be rewarded.  Through Disney's portrayal of the dwarfs as happy before and after work, he instilled the ideal in the American people that if you work hard, you will be rewarded.  The original Grimm tale wouldn't have provided a good model for society during the time, but Disney's twist on the tale offered a great pick-me-up film to both children and adults.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Blog Entry 4

              "Cinderella" is perhaps best well-known for being a fairy tale that contains the motif of "rags to riches through magic and marriage" (Ruth Bottigheimer).  If not directly portrayed through reading the Grimm version, this idea is blatantly visible in the Disney film adaptation.  Specifically in the Grimm tale, Cinderella's low social status is seen very early on in the fact that her character actually goes on unnamed for quite some time.  It is only after her oppressive stepfamily make her work hard all day long that they call her by the name of Cinderella for the reason that she lived amongst the ashes and "always looked so dusty and dirty" (The Complete Fairy Tales 79).  This in and of itself explains her dwelling amid the lower, working-class, "rags" society that she will remain a part of throughout the tale until blessed with both magic and marriage that eventually elevate her to "riches".
              Magic is not only a major element of the "rags to riches" motif, but it is also a crucial theme present in all fairy tales.  Without magic, Cinderella would have been completely lost.  The two white pigeons, turtledoves, and all the birds under heaven are critical helping animals within the story that ultimately set Cinderella on her path towards an advance in social status.  If not for all the aforementioned birds, she would never have been able to pick out the good lentils from the ashes at two different times in the story.  Without the single bird that responds to her pleas by her mother's hazel tree, Cinderella would not have been supplied with the exquisite gowns and shoes to wear to the festival.  Both of these events, full of magic, were imperative in order to lead Cinderella to meeting the prince, finding her true love, and marrying into wealth.  Once again, the marital union between Cinderella and the prince is an occurrence that likewise secures her ascent from "rags to riches". 

            Indeed it is possible for someone to reach success or riches with magic and/or marriage.  Success can mean different things to different people, but it is ultimately some kind of a rise in status, achievement, or an added happiness.  This can come from divine intervention, perhaps an explanation for magical events, or even through marriage.  Today, marrying into wealth can cause an individual to achieve riches, and hopefully success by reason that the marriage is mutually desired.  But when it comes down to it, this goal is not entirely realistic.  In the world we live in today, large successes are hard to come by, and magic is nowhere to be found.  At least not the type of magic that is described in "Cinderella" for example.  There are, however, other forms of earthly magic such as love, whether it be between a man and a woman or family members.  As I mentioned before, Cinderella would have been lost without magic, and since it is nearly impossible to live your life a fairy tale, I believe this motif is not entirely practical in modern society despite our hopes for it to be.    

Friday, September 12, 2014

Blog Entry 3

           After reading the Grimm's edition of Hansel and Gretel and viewing the MGM version of the same tale, I can't say I was entirely shocked to discover that there were some obvious differences.  The reason for this is because I have been exposed to how Disney and other movie production companies stray from the plot of the original tale in an attempt to soften the story for its primarily young viewers. 

            In the 1987 MGM film, the mother/stepmother appears to be much nicer to Hansel and Gretel than in the original Grimm tale.  The movie directors seem to portray that the mother is more distraught with herself and her own inability to provide for her family.  In the tale, the reader sees an immediate image of the mother and father being unable to care for their children, so she ultimately devises a cruel plan to get rid of the children, never once stopping to consider what other options she has.  This brings us to another difference between the film and the tale: the actual "disposal" of Hansel and Gretel.  In the Grimm's version, the stepmother coerces her husband into accepting the plan of luring Hansel and Gretel deep into the forest where they will abandon their children forever.  Although the mother makes comments about not being able to care for Hansel and Gretel in the movie, she simply sends them out to pick berries out of anger upon finding that they allowed for the donkey to eat up the last of their food supply.  This is a major difference because the loss of Hansel and Gretel shows no premeditative action on behalf of the mother.
            Once the children are drawn in to the home of Granny Griselda, the plot of the film starts to realign with that of the original tale.  The old woman at first appears sweet and thus fills the stomachs of Hansel and Gretel and provides them a place to stay the night.  By morning, Hansel and Gretel find out that Griselda is no longer their friend, but instead a wicked witch with magical powers that she uses to at once cage Hansel and put Gretel to strenuous, domestic work.  Gretel prepares the food for Hansel to fatten himself up on so that Griselda may eat him.  This is true in both the fairy tale version and the MGM film.  When it comes to the wicked witch's death, Gretel still exhibits forward thinking and trickery, but they differ in the two versions.  In the film, Gretel uses the witch's magic against her to bring about her own demise and slay the witch by baking Griselda in her own oven.  In the fairy tale, Gretel utilizes cunning wit to outsmart the witch into getting into the oven herself when attempting to show Gretel how it is done. 

             Many of the changes that were made to the movie were quite major and show a noticeable diversion from the original Grimm tale.  I believe the movie directors did this ultimately to, as I mentioned before, soften the harsh elements of the tale told by the Brothers Grimm.  For example, a mother purposely scheming to abandon her children in the woods is hard for children to see.  Therefore, the movie directors made Hansel and Gretel's disappearance into the woods seem more commonplace after their mother sent them out of the house because she had a rightful reason to be angry with them for what they had done.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Blog Entry 2

     Based on everything that I have learned over the past couple weeks, I would define a fairy tale as a timeless, action-driven, magical adventure that follows the isolated journeys of a few characters.  That definition encapsulates the key points which separate fairy tales from other types of stories such as legends, both saint and local, and myths, but it doesn't nearly cover all the characteristic qualities of a fairy tale.  

     Magic and enchantment are the most important elements of the fairy tale, but it is important to note that the miracle(s) that occur within the tale are accepted as a matter of course.  Having that been said, it is not uncommon for animals to speak as though they were real-life human beings.  As readers of "Brier Rose", we don't even stop to question why the frog is conveying to the queen that she will finally be graced with a daughter.  We just accept it as a part of the story, and a plot point needed in order for the story to continue its course of action.  Another important component of the fairy tale is the lack of concern for the aging process and the ability to say that time doesn't matter.  We see this fact also come alive in "Brier Rose" through the idea that she can sleep for 100 years without age affecting her one single bit.  
     Crucial to the fairy tale is the isolation of characters.  This particular element especially surprises me because I find it very clever how the Brothers Grimm and other fairy tale writers utilize this subtle separation of characters so that the action is clear and defined. It is very effective because when it comes time for the real action of the tale to play out, which describes another characteristic as fairy tales are heavily compelled by action, there isn't anyone extraneous in the way; it is only the main character and his/her rival or ally, depending on the situation.  There are also distinct numbers that make their way into fairy tales (3, 7, 12, 100) for symbolic and other precise reasons.  One of the last elements that I would like to mention is that great fairy tale authors refrain from unnecessary detailed descriptions in an effort to, once again, give the plot its clarity and precision.  This fact also makes it easier to analyze fairy tales because you know that the Brothers Grimm put a great emphasis on putting the entire castle to sleep in "Brier Rose" because this is one of the few parts of the tale that is described in such lavish detail.  For all these reasons and many more, it shouldn't come as a shock then that both children and adults are charmed by the fairy tale because it provides "not only pleasure, it gives form and inspiration" (Lüthi 57).  

Friday, August 29, 2014

Blog Entry 1

     I listed this course as my number one choice for my FYS because I have always taken a particular liking to reading the tales of the Brothers Grimm in my German classes throughout high school.  My German teachers would alternate the material in our regular curriculum with a few classic Grimm fairy tales.  Some that I remember most are Der Froschkönig, Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten, and Hansel und Gretel.  It was surprising to read the rather unhappy endings that were associated with these Grimm tales because I was not exposed to the Brothers Grimm growing up as a child.  As with many parents who shelter their children from the dark truths written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, my parents were only concerned with sharing the happy endings to my sister, brother, and I.  Nonetheless, my exposure to the German versions of some of the most famous fairy tales fueled my curiosity to see how Disney truly spun the stories in such a positive light.  Therefore, I hope to learn throughout the course of this seminar how Disney was able to change the original stories of the Brothers Grimm into films appropriate for children of all ages without, shall we say, plagiarizing to a degree.  I also wouldn't mind reading more of Jacob and Wilhelm's famous tales, and lining them up with their Disney counterparts. 
     My favorite fairy tale would have to be Cinderella.  There are multiple reasons for why I like this fairy tale, but to start, I have liked Cinderella as a character ever since I was a young child.  Growing up, I loved the color blue, and her beautiful blue ball gown sold that specific Disney movie for me.  As I got older, I began to develop more justifiable grounds for liking the fairy tale.  I admired her work ethic and ability to make the most of every experience despite her being targeted from every angle by her abusive family.  Like in every Disney movie (I think, at least), she manages to find her 
happily ever after in the end.  And after what she went through, I felt like I could do anything if I set my mind to it and kept in high spirits.