We briefly emerge from the paper writing trenches to bring you this piquant quote from Max Lüthi:
Fairy tales are unreal but they are not untrue; they reflect essential developments and conditions of man’s existence.
(from Once upon a Time: On the Nature of Fairy Tales. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1970, p. 70)
There. That’s what it’s all about. Fairy tales are unreal but they are not untrue.You do yourself a big disfavour if you disregard that statement – if you try to take fairy tales as real, or if you dismiss them as untrue. Unreal, not untrue. Lüthi knew what he was talking about.