As speculative fiction has grown and evolved, the original sub-genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror have fractured into even more sub-genres. In this series of “SF subgenres,” I’ll not only identify and define these sub-genres, I’ll help you find resources for engaging with these sub-genres right here in Long Beach.
Note: Since this is Weird Folk Tales & Fables Week, I thought I’d talk about the subgenre of fairy tale fantasy fiction today.
Fairy tale fantasy fiction defined
What differentiates fairy tale fantasy from other subgenres of fantasy is the emphasis on motifs and plots of folklore. Fairy tale fantasy includes both re-tellings of historical fairy tales, as well as original fairy tales such as The Hobit by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.
Examples of fairy tale fantasy fiction
- The Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett
- Enchanted Forest by Patricia Wrede
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Beauty by Sheri Tepper
- White as Snow by Tanith Lee
- Labyrinth (1986) starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly
- The Princess Bride (1987) starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin and Robin Wrigth
- Ever After (1998) starring Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston
- Ella Enchanted (2004) starring Anne Hathaway, Huge Dancy and Cary Elwes
- Enchanted (2007) starring Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden and Patrick Dempsey
Long Beach fairy tale fantasy fiction
Is your fantasy a great ‘do and some awesome nails? Then you might want to check out the Fairy Tale Beauty Salon at 383 Redondo Ave.
Does your fairy tale include a burger and fries? Then Fantasy Burger at 1320 East South Street might be more your joint.
If you like your fair tales dark, you should check out Red Riding Hood, now playing at several theaters around Long Beach.
And, of course, if you want to curl up with a good fairy tale, you can visit your local branch of the Long Beach Public Library or your favorite book store.
Do you see the world through genre-coloured glasses? For more science fiction, fantasy and horror news and information — with a travel twist, check out The Genre Traveler, the travel resource for science fiction, fantasy and horror fans, at www.thegenretraveler.com.