So we’re going to have a fairy tale. But it’s not going to be like your usual fairy tale.

For starters? No fairies.

Yeah, you heard that right. No fairies. None. I hereby banish all tiny winged people from my fairy tale. It’s only a fairy tale in terms of genre rather than the presence of any actual fairies.

Is your mind blown yet? Well it gets better.

You know where most fairy tales–and again, I must emphasize, there are NO fairies in this tale–are set? That quasi-medieval, idealized vision of old Europe? None of that for MY fairy tale. It’s going to be set in a decaying industrial area north of Leeds, a land blighted by the greed of mankind and in which nothing natural can live without a thorough stunting.

And the plot? Well get ready. Instead of princes and princesses, noble steeds and great chariots, there will be petty minicipal leaders, corrupt cops, and sputtering old Leyland autos that only the poorest can afford to keep on the road.

My fairy tale will be a grounded, gritty retelling of everyday people going about their everyday lives in a world that neither knows nor cares that they exist. Original, isn’t it? I bet you wish you’d thought of it first.

Inspired by the song ‘Far from a fairy tale’ by Hiroki Kikuta, released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

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