Tots to Teens, StarMag
AFTER years of being asked by StarMag fashionista Dzireena Mahadzhir to feature fairy stories in this column, I am finally going to do so.
However, I'm not sure if Dee will like the sort of fairies I am going to write about. Her preference is for those dainty little things who wear ballet tutus made of flower petals and flit about gardens on gossamer wings. The fairies she likes are innocent, sweet and kind. At worst they are merely naughty. Perhaps they tease children by doing something ridiculous like rearranging the nursery furniture, but they would never deliberately harm anyone.
Enid Blyton shaped many children's ideas about fairies. Remember Silky in the books about the Faraway Tree? She now has her own series, Enchanted World, by Elise Allen, published by Egmont under the Enid Blyton brand. The fairies in these books have names like Bizzy, Petal and, of course, Pinx! They fly around doing good and fighting evil.
And now there's also Barbie Fairytopia to further brainwash little girls into believing that life is incomplete without a pair of strapon wings.