Don't piss off the Fairies!

That is one very wise advice that I ran into, during my ceaseless quest to discover buried informational treasures about myths and legends, that I could use for my novel. Maybe it's something in the air, maybe I've been alone for too long (The two week break-up) or maybe I have been too deeply immersed in the pages of the novel that I am currently writing, because I seem to have developed a mild obsession with fairies and mythical creatures in general. It's not just me, honestly, people are crazy about fantasy, all over the internet. For my novel I have decided upon a few varieties of fairies that I consider fascinating, the forest fairies named also dryads and the water fairies also known as undines. I plan to endow them with less beauty and more wit, because I am very tired of the same old cliche that fairies are necessarily beautiful.  What do you think? Is beauty mandatory in a fairy? Because should I wrong them, their vengeance might follow me everywhere, and nobody wants to piss off the fairies :).

17 comments:

C.J. Sullivan said...

I think some fae are actually supposed to be grotesque. I say, do what you want with them and put your own person spin on the myth. :)

Annalisa Crawford said...

As a non-fantasy reader, I'm still reeling at the fact that fairies aren't always good!

virginia robertson said...

I have always been under the impression that the fae, only appear as the image you see them as? The emotions that are of the moment! Would that be untrue? So if you are happy wouldn't they appear fun and impish, or sad maybe forlorn and drab or Angry kind of Fiery and pointy... Maybe?

Petro Neagu said...

I think physical beauty shouldn't be considered mandatory in general, not only in regards of fairies. Beauty comes from inside and I am truly convinced fairies excel at that part. So I'm sure they won't mind you giving them a less pleasant outside look.

Hugs

L.G. Smith said...

Oh, yes, faeries can be quick-tempered and spiteful at times. The first novel I completed was about faeries in America. I loved all the research. And the artwork depicting them is amazing to study as well. Also, I had a wood nymph who was quite old and gnarly in my story, like the twisted roots of an old tree. Not pretty at all.

Enjoy your research!

The Furries of Whisppy said...

:) I think I better refrain from sharing my thoughts. Don't want to piss off the fairies either.

klahanie said...

Dear Petronela,

Fidelina, the fairy princess in my garden, along with the rest of the wee folks, say all is good.

And beauty from within is what's important in the non-judgemental world that the wee folks live in.

What do you think of that, dear Petronela?

Gary :)

Launna said...

Hi Petronela, I think their beauty will shine from within... :)

The Elephant's Child said...

I have always thought that because of their wit, charm and wisdom (not to mention their grace) that people have assumed that fairies are beautiful. And have also thought that the afore mentioned gifts are probably more valuable than beauty. Though does beauty fade for the faery folk as it does for us?
I love that you are concentrating on two of my favourite faery folk - I look forward to seeing your writing immensely.

Alisha Jaybird said...

I've always loved faeries. There's just something about them. They're so mysterious and mischievous. I'd definitely read a book with them in there.

Linda R said...

I have always loved fairies and have always pictured them as somewhat pleasant to look at. But I dont think they have to be. Just like people I think there beauty comes from within.

Hugs~

Alida said...

If I take my children to the woods I always say to them: "pay attention you might spot a fairy!". I have a few children's books about fairies and soon the tooth fairy will pay us a visit... :-)

Mynx said...

I have painted fairies in the past and I guess I try to capture a beautiful whimsical being.
In my mind, a fairy can be anything you want it to be

Suzanne Bean said...

I think I saw a few happy fairies dancing amongst the spring snow drops while out walking today. The fairies were telling me that Petronela could have piss them off for they love you so!!!!

Tamago said...

Good point! Fairies are usually described as beautiful creature. I think it's a great idea to create fairy with less beauty. And I don't think fairies get pissed off :-)

Shell Flower said...

I think they are more tricksy and able to create the illusion of beauty than necessarily beautiful. It's that allure that really makes them enchanted.

Shaharoh said...

I don't believe beauty is mandatory for a fairy and I like the idea of them being different in your portrayal. I think every creature can be beautiful or ugly - depending on their personality. The prettiest fairy could be butt-ugly if their attitude sucks! lol! xoxo

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