Magic Kingdoms… What Is a Fairytale, Anyway?

“Is it possible that we have actually come to the end of fairy tales as an available, rather than an archival, entertainment? Fairy tales, however many times they are transformed, depend in some part for their effect on an air of sincerity, of urgent seriousness. For the not merely wise but wised-up children of this new century, other tales and other, more skittish ways of telling seem to have usurped the old stories and styles. Which means that the fairy tale could be headed for the place where all our good used-up things go, America’s Island of Misfit Toys, the college English department.” Adam GopnikMagic Kingdoms… What Is a Fairytale, Anyway?New Yorker)