Sunday, May 1, 2011

Beings of Faerie: Fairies

Fairy: a supernatural being, generally conceived as having a diminutive human form and possessing magical powers, often with wings

Fairy Princess {Karen's Whimsy}

Fairies & Faith:

Fairies are not mentioned in the Bible, nor are they thought to be historically true. So, what is their mythological origin, and would it compromise a Biblical message?

Fairies are generally perceived as an intelligent species separate from humans. They are close to nature, so are sometimes viewed as "elemental" -- that is, beings made from nature.

An unusual but thought-provoking {while unbiblical} alternative is that fairies are in between angels and demons. That is, when God cast Satan out of heaven, some angels were also cast out that were not good enough for heaven and not bad enough for hell. While this could be an interesting story idea, it would definitely need to be reconciled with the Biblical account.

Individual authors also have their own takes on fairies. J.M. Barrie {Peter Pan} wrote, "When the first baby laughed for the first time, his laugh broke into a million pieces, and they all went skipping about. That was the beginning of fairies."

Clearly, there's no one "right answer" when writing about fairies. So, be encouraged: your creativity has the final say!

Fairy {Karen's Whimsy}

On Writing Fairies:

Here are some things to consider when crafting fairies in your story world.

1. Morality & Intelligence ~ Are they wise or foolish? Good or evil?

2. Size ~ Small, of course, but how small? Walnut-sized? Pencil-sized?

3. Wings ~ There are all different shapes, colors, and sizes to choose from. You can have different races of fairies with different types of wings, or different colors for different characters, or whatever you like!

4. Origins ~ As mentioned above, fairies don't have a clear "beginning" - so you get to make it up! How did fairies emerge?

5. Quirks ~ Blue-skinned? Tinkle like bells? Spread glittery dust everywhere? Have pet frogs? Imagine and create!

6. Relationship to other Beings ~ Do they live in their own "world," removed from contact with all other forms of intelligent life? Or do they love to wreak havoc in human lives?

Again, there's lots more to explore, so get busy and start writing!

Fairy Princess {Karen's Whimsy}

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