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Lovers may come and go, but friends are forever. How true a statement, even beyond people's relationships. If the best selling book of the week is the lover, then society's lifelong enduring friends would be fairy tales. Fairy tales have been around for centuries, outlasting the new Steven King thriller or Dr. Laura's self-help journal. Fairy tales have survived being transformed from oral tradition to written word; further, they have remained popular among many different generations of readers. Fairy tales have been around just about as long as people have been around, yet they continue to remain a strong force in literature, with far-reaching influence from Charlotte Bronte to Angela Carter. Perhaps one reason for this consistency is the fairy tale's ability to evolve; fairy tales can transform and grow as people do, keeping them of interest to current readers.



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