Once Upon a Time X

Once Upon a Time 2016
(Art by Melissa Nucera)

I’m a bit late in joining in with Carl’s Once Upon a Time challenge this year! But as it doesn’t end until 21 June it’s not too late.

The Once Upon a Time X Challenge has a few rules:

  • Rule #1: Have fun.
  • Rule #2: HAVE FUN.
  • Rule #3: Don’t keep the fun to yourself, share it with us, please!
  • Rule #4: Do not be put off by the word ‘challenge’.

While this event retains the word ‘challenge’from its earliest days, the entire goal is to read good books, watch engaging television shows and films, play immersive games and most importantly, visit old friends and make new ones. There are several ways to participate – see Carl’s sign-up post.

I’ll be doing:

which involves the reading of one or more short stories that fit within at least one of these four genres:  Fairy Tale, Folklore, Fantasy and Mythology, including the seemingly countless sub-genres and blending of genres that fall within this spectrum.


I’m planning to read/re-read some of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales from this old book, sadly now falling apart. It belonged to my mother when she was a child.  I read some, but by no means all, of these stories when I was little and I’m looking forward to re-living the experience.

4 thoughts on “Once Upon a Time X

  1. What a lovely idea! I read endless fairy tales as a child… also loved Aesop’s fables and read them over and over. Oddly, I’m now not that keen on retold fairy tales which seem so popular these days.


    1. I read lots too – I borrowed all the fairy tale books I could from the library, all the different colours and countries. I’m going to start with The Snow Queen, which was my favourite as a child.


  2. Oh, that is a fun challenge, and fairy tales are definitely a great way to go about it, Margaret. I hope you enjoy.


  3. How wonderful you still have your mother’s copy of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales. I am also taking in OUaT this year and I have read some lovely, classic children’s fantasy novels. Happy fairy tale reading!


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