Remember when you were young and read about “The Tortoise and the Hare?” Did it go something like this?
“The tortoise and the hare met for coffee. They each casually mentioned their recent successes, secretly hoping to appear better than the other. As they walked their separate ways home it hit them at the same time: There never was a race. There is no destination. There is no winner.”
That’s one deep fable, but last time I checked, the tortoise won the race because he was “slow and steady.” Nevermind. Actually, this fable comes from the unusually fascinating Tumblr called “Fairy Tales For Twenty-Somethings,” a twist on the fairy tale genre written for the millennial generation. Here in the twenty-something world, Thumbelina has a reality television career, Beauty worries about how her friends would think of the Beast and Sleeping Beauty wasting her time listening to Mumford and Sons covers on YouTube.
“Fairy Tales For Twenty-Somethings” reveals more than just the perspective of a twenty-something New York City high school teacher named Tim Manley, it also reveals the hard truths about growing up in the real world. What better way to write about life struggles than making fairy tale characters of old part of today’s stories?