This is a good discussion question, right? Because all of us should have some kind of folk tale/fairy tale behind us!
Oh dear, I forgot that I would have to pick first! What is my favorite fairy tale? Out of the many MANY fairy tales I like? I think today, I will pick “Rumpelstiltskin”.
A poor miller lies to the king to impress him that his daughter can spin straw into gold. The king arrests the girl and locks her in a room with straw, ordering her to spin it into gold or die. Then an imp appears in the room and offers to spin for her, if she will give him a gift, so she gives him a ring. Same thing happens the next day. Third day, she has nothing left to give and so he asks for her first born child. He spins the straw into gold one last time, and then the king offers to marry her since she has such a marvelous gift. She has a baby and then the imp reappears demanding payment. She bargains with him and gets him to agree to give up the baby if she can guess his name. She tries for 2 days to guess his name and then goes out in the woods hunting for him. She overhears him talking to himself and learns his name, “Rumpelstiltskin”. And the next day, she plays up the reveal of his name so that he becomes so angry, he stomps his foot through the ground and dies.
Many reasons to like this one! A heroine who survives on her wits start to finish, first paying off Rumpelstiltskin to spin straw into gold, and then figuring out his real name, and even getting him so angry he splits with fury. No nonsense of a Magic Prince or Romance. The King is a horrible person, but she marries him because it’s good to be married to the King. This is a happy ending purely based on power and privilege, not True Love. And her goal is to save her child. Most of all, start to finish this is a woman saving herself from horrible men! Her father lies about her, Rumpelstiltskin wants her child, the king just wants the gold, all she is trying to do is survive and keep her child and she manages it.
Anyway, what’s your favorite?