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Top 20 Famous Fans of Fairy Tales

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Albert Einstein said it best. “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” Fairy tales are an integral part of our world’s past as well as our future. They are an undeniable presence in almost every person’s childhood. As all of you who have read some of my articles know, I am a huge fan of fairy tales. I don’t seem to be alone in that either. After doing a little research, I discovered that quite a number of people in history have been enthusiastic about these oral tales.

As Jane Yolen stated, “They (fairy tales) are talking about real emotions, telling true stories, through the medium of metaphor. People used to understand metaphor better than I think we do now. But these stories are so potent, they refuse to die.” Why have these stories lasted for so long, being retold over and over again? I believe it is because they truly touch a place deep inside our souls. Fairy tales are universal. Every story can be understood and sympathized with by anyone. This is why these stories have prevailed, and why these famous people were and are such big fans.

Top 20 Famous Fairy Tale Fans

#1 J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling; famous fans of fairy tales
J. K. Rowling. Photo by Daniel Ogren. (Source and License)

#2 Jane Yolen

Photo of Jane Yolen. Credit: Luigi Novi. (Source and License)

#3 Alice Hoffman

#4 Neil Gaiman

Photo of Neil Gaiman. Credit: pinguino k (License)

#5 Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg. Photo Source: Library of Congress

#6 William Makepeace Thackeray

William Thackeray

#7 Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim

#8 G.K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton

#9 James Thurber

James Thurber. Photo Source: Library of Congress

#10 C.S. Lewis

Statue of C.S. Lewis looking into a wardrobe.
Photo credit: “Genvessel” (License)

#11 Umberto Eco

Photo of Umberto Eco. Photo Credit: Università Reggio Calabria (License)

#12 W.B. Yeats

#13 J.R.R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien

#14 Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie. Photo: © Ed Lederman/PEN American Center (License)

#15 Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

#16 Audrey Hepburn

#17 Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

#18 Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

#19 Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

#20 Taylor Swift

Cropped photo of Taylor Swift. Photo: Keith Lehwald. (License)

What do you think of fairy tales? Are you a fan too? Leave a comment below.

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By on November 19th, 2014

About Rebecca Lane

Rebecca Lane grew up in the hot desert landscape of Tucson, Arizona where she decided early on she wanted to write, if only to mentally escape her blistering surroundings. She has always been enamored of the arts and literature. As a child she often wrote short stories, and rewrote the endings of novels that she simply could not abide. She received her Undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she was lucky enough to also spend a year studying at Oxford University. While she began her journey dreaming of the day she would sing opera in a large Manhattan theater, she found in the end she could not stand waitressing and simply could not give up books and her hopes of someday writing them. She is currently working as a freelance writer/editor and earning her Masters in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

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