“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” (Henri Bergson)
Have you ever seen a fairy?
Are you among the 52% of Americans who believe in fairies?
I was surprised to read that statistic recently. But after thinking about it, I decided it was a good thing that a majority of people could be so optimistic.
Because a belief in fairies requires that we believe the world is still a place where anything could happen – especially anything that might enchant us.
The world is still a place where our imagination need not be constrained by what we can see and touch and hear with the senses we currently know about.
And that’s a nice place for a writer or, in fact, anyone, to inhabit.
In researching a story I’m writing about fairies I discovered that definitions of fairies range far and wide. They can be ghosts of the dead, or an intelligent living species different from humans or angels. Some consider them creatures not quite good enough for heaven, not bad enough for hell.
Fairies can be good or mischievous or, surprisingly, bad-tempered and evil.
They can be small or human-sized, visible or invisible (at will), have wings or not.
Some consider them friendly towards humans; others say they are not.
In sum, the wonderful thing about these supernatural beings is that their characteristics are limited only by our imaginations.
That’s why I love fairies. You can weave them into any story. They are featured in myths and tales in every culture around the globe, a fact which testifies to their universal appeal.
I have just one problem. Can I write effectively about an alpha male fairy? Or are fairies too firmly entrenched in our culture as pretty, ethereal beings?Should I change my fairies to elves? What do you think? And, more importantly, do you believe?