Crestfallen: An Original Fairy Story for the Modern Age

Purcell, Autumn
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In J.R.R Tolkien’s essay On Fairy Stories, Tolkien outlines some of the key characteristics every good fairy-story should have. This manuscript explores the modernization of those traditional Tolkienian fairy-story concepts while incorporating successful fiction strategies which I discovered through my close examination of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and other fairy-stories. In my own fairy-story, a character closely resembling a modern college student explores the relationship between self-sacrifice and self-actualization, trying to ascertain the importance of memory in forming one’s own identity. In the preface, I offer a contextualization of my manuscript by discussing its relationship to Tolkien’s guidelines, the application of those ideas in Harry Potter, and the role of both in my work. In both manuscript and preface, I explore how Tolkien’s ideas on fairy-stories may be subverted in a modern context without losing their essential truth.

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