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Differentiating fairy tales and folktales

The line “Some time ago, in a land far, far away… ” evokes pictures of excellent princesses, evil witches, mystical universes, mythical people, and monsters. It is the exemplary opening to pretty much every fantasy ever told. Fantasies have been passed down for a great many years, and keep on being told at bedsides around the globe. Fantasies suspend our conviction, make a departure from reality, and take us to grounds of pretend.

What separates a folktale from a fantasy has for quite some time been the subject of discussion. While there is no conclusive agreement among researchers, there are some essential contrasts between the two. To put it plainly, folktales were stories spun orally and passed down. The term fantasy became out of folktales once they were composed, starting with Perrault’s Tales of Mother Goose.


  • Folktales are an oral convention with no licensed creator
  • Characters are for the most part creatures acting with human qualities and talking
  • Folktales are established more in human situations, rather than enchantment, to hand-off a good
  • Folktales were initially composed to have more extensive allure

Fairy Tales:

  • Fantasies are composed folktales credited to a creator
  • Characters incorporate legendary and extraordinary animals
  • Fantasies are established in enchantment, with legendary situations
  • Fantasies were initially composed for distinguished crowds

Jay Hogarth

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