In a blog post a few weeks ago, I waxed eloquent (I might actually have rambled) about my intense love for live-action fairy tales, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, and Maleficent, the greatest of the fairy tale villains. There are so many fairy tales brought to screen every year, both through animation and live-action filmmaking, and each takes a unique approach to retelling the classic story.
As I was putting that list together, I noticed another trend: movies with fairy tale qualities based on stand-alone or series novels. These novels aren’t generally considered fairy tales, and they certainly don’t appear in any Grimm’s collection, but they do have many similar qualities. While some of these books, like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan, are considered classics, many, like Ella Enchanted, are modern reinventions of the fairy tale genre. The movies based on these books generally rely on a sense of whimsy and a bit of magic to enchant viewers and move the plot forward. And, although it is almost never stated, there is always the all-important “happily ever after.”