Why are Fairy Tales So Popular (20 Most Popular Fairy Tales)

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Fairy tales are part of our daily life around the world. But surprisingly those are existing from the beginning of human civilizations. Though nowadays we see different types of cartoons people used to tell their children those fairy tales. Before the introduction of cartoons, those fairy tales were illustrated in a different way. We choose some illustrations of those popular fairy tales to demonstrate them towards you. Here are such the 20 Most Popular Fairy Tales. Hope you will be surprised to read.

Here Are 20 Most Popular Fairy Tales

1. Aladin

Aladdin Popularity Of Fairy Tales

Before coming to Satellite television, the fairytale was one of the major sources to entertain children. The tales were a part of our daily life around the world. It still remains the same popularity among the children. Among all the fairy tales, Aladdin is one of the most popular fairy tales over the world, though it was the folk tale of Middle Eastern origin. Aladin, his lamp and the giant of the lamp are the incredible characters in the fairy tales “Aladdin”. However, the Middle Eastern tale was spread over the world only for Antoine Galland, who translated ‘The Book of One Thousand and One Nights’ into the French language first.

2. Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is a shortened name of Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. It is an English fairytale which is written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. The tale tells a teenage girl whose name is Alice. Mainly the tale is named after her. In the tale, Alice falls a rabbit hole by where she goes to a fantasy world populated by anthropomorphic creatures. The fairy tale plays with logic which makes the story popular among the children as well as adults. However, Published in 1865 to present, the fantasy tale still remains the same popular.

3. Cinderella

Cinderella Popularity Of Fairy Tales

Cinderella is not the name of a young girl in a “Fairy Tale”. It is a dreaming character of thousands of young girls in the world. She represents millions of dreams of young girls through her role in the story “Cinderella”. However, The folk tale ‘Cinderella’ is taken from unknown sources, nobody knows who is written by it. In the tale, a little young girl named ‘Cinderella’ lives in a troubled family where she deprives of all the facilities. One day, with the help of a supernatural elements’ character, she gets a chance to go into Empire house and the prince falls in love with her.

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4. Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The original title of the ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ is “The Story of The Three Bears”. The story is written by Robert Southey, an English poet of the Romantic School. The tale is first published in 1837 which has three versions. However, in the first version of the tale, an old woman enters into the forest in the home of three bears whose behavior is so bad and rough. In the second version, a little girl enters into the room of three bears whose name is Goldilocks. And in the third version of the tale replaced the bear trio Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and the Baby Bear. Anyway, in the English language, the tale is one of the most famous fairy tales.

5. Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel is a German fairy tale that is also known as the tale of “Little Brother and Sister” published in 1812. And later the tale is illustrated by Arthur Rackham in 1909. In the tale, Hansel and Gretel are two young brothers and sisters who kidnapped by a cannibalistic witch who lives in a forest. The witch makes a house with an illusion. However, the tale is set in medieval German when the people of German suffer from starving and a famine settles over the village where Hansel and Gretel live with their poor father and Stepmother. One day, their mother made a plan to take the children into the forest and leave them forever in the forest so that they (Father and Mother) need not starve.

6. Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood Popularity Of Fairy Tales

Little Red Riding Hood is the tenth-century most popular fairy tale of Europe. The tale is about a Big Bad Wolf and a Young girl. The tale is alive and comes mouth to mouth and still retains its same priority to the children across Europe. However, the Tale begins around a girl named Little Red Riding Hood. The young girl is named after her magical red hooded cloak which she wears. The little girl walks across the woods to deliver food to her ailing grandmother. And the Bad Wolf wants to kill her and eat her as well as the food in the basket.

7. Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Peter Pan is an immortal young boy of fourteen years old boy. He is the protagonist and the leader of the Lost Boys in Neverland, a mythical eternal island. However, the supernatural, as well as the fictional character, is taken from the novel ‘The Little White Bird’ written by J.M. Barrie. In the Novel, Peter symbolizes the eternally youthful, innocence and escapism.

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8. Pinocchio


Pinocchio is also a fictional character as well as protagonists like Peter Pan in the children’s novel “The Adventures of Pinocchio” written by Carlo Collodi, an Italian writer, journalist, and humanist. In the novel, Pinocchio’s nose grows frequently because of his tendency to lie. However, the character is one of the remarkable in the children’s literature.

9. Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots is an Italian fairy tale which is also known as ‘Master Cat’ as well as ‘Booted Cat’.  The European fairy tale is about a cat who uses cheating and fraud magic to gain power, wealth for his master so that the master can marry the princess. The writer of the fairy tale is Giovanni Francesco Straparaola. Beside himGiamattista Basile and Charles Perrault also write the next version of the Fairytales.

10. Rumpelstiltskin


The Rumpelstiltskin is a fairytale which originated around 4,000 years ago. In 1889, the tale is illustrated by Andrew Lang. However, the tale begins with a lie by a miller. At the begins of the story, a miller tells to the king that his young daughter can spin straw into gold. Then the king calls the miller daughter and demands her for gold. If she can not spin gold from the straw, the king will cut off her head. If she can spin, the king will marry her. However, she can spin gold at last by helping a mystical character.

11. Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

The fairytale ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is also known as the ‘Little Briar Rose’ as well as ‘The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods’. The fairy tale is about a cute princess and a smart price.

12. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is a fairytale, it is a famous story over the world. Snow White is a young princess, her mother dies when she was born. After a few months, her father remarried. The second wife of Snow White’s father was not well. Her stepmother tries to kill her again and again because she is beautiful than her stepmother. However, at last, Snow White is able to escape from her mother and live in a jungle with seven Dwarfs.

13. The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Emperor’s New Clothes is not an exact fairy tale. It is a short satire story written by Hans Christian Anderson. In the story, a king wishes to wear a clothe which is nobody wears before. But it was a difficult task to find out the clothes. Then the tailor gets a plan and makes his clothes without any garments. When he goes out to put on the invisible dress, nobody says that the king has no dresses on her body because of scaring him. At last, a child carried out that ‘The king is naked’.

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14. The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is a fairytale which is written by Hans Christian Anderson. The tale is about a young mermaid who lives in an underwater kingdom with her father.

15. The Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare Popularity Of Fairy Tales

The Tortoise and the Hare is not exactly a fairytale. It is fable by Aesop’s, a storyteller as well as a slave. In the fable, a race sets up between the hare and the Tortoise. Though tortoise is so slow, he wins the competition. By the story, Aesops tries to give a message that ‘Slow and Steady Wins the Race’ like the slowest tortoise.

16. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

The fairytale ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ is about a young girl named Dorothy who lives with her uncle and aunt, and her little pet dog Toto. One day they caught up in a cyclone and they fall in a magical Land of Oz. This most popular fairy tale is written by L. Frank Baum and later illustrated by W. W. Denslow.

17. Three Billy Goats Gruff

Three Billy Goats Gruff

Three Billy Goats Gruff is a story about three goats, a baby goat, mama goat, and a papa goat. One of the time, the living place of them is no grass left for them to survive. So they must cross a river and a hill to get grass and survive.

18. Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs is a story about three pigs who build three houses of different materials and shapes. The two houses of them are destroyed by a Big Bad Wolf except for the third one. Because third one made of straw and sticks that’s why it is unable to destroy by the Bad wolfs.

19. Thumbelina


Thumbelina is a fairy tale about a naughty boy and a tiny girl as well as her adventures. The Fairytale is written by Hans Christian Anderson which was first published in 1835.

20. Ugly Duckling

Ugly Duckling Most Popular Fairy Tales

The Ugly Duckling is also written by Hans Christian Anderson which was first published in 1843. Why Are Fairy Tales So Popular because the tale begins with eggs hatch of a mother duck. The story tells of a little bird born in a barnyard who abuses from others around him.

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